Once again, the Kardashian’s are back in the news. This time, Kim generously
offered to the pay the rent of an ex-con that she helped to get released from prison.
In 1995, Matthew Charles, a Tennessean man, was sentenced to 35 years in jail for
drug charges. In 2010, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which
dropped Charles’ sentence by 18 years. After spending 20 years in jail, Charles was
released and given his second chance on life. He spent a year and a half as a free
man, volunteering at soup kitchens, going to church, and turning his life around. In
2017, a higher court decided that Charles was a career criminal and reinstated his
original prison sentence.

Here is where Kim Kardashian stepped in to intervene on the prison reform
movement. Kim has made headlines helping people such as Cyntoia Brown and Alice
Johnson, but wanted to use her platform to do more. Kardashian met with President
Trump again to push the First Step Act, (Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society
Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act), which allows judges to
retroactively apply the drug sentencing reforms of the Fair Sentencing Act.
Kardashian convinced Trump to sign on January 3, 2019. After this act was signed,
Charles was once again released.

Since being released, Charles has had difficulty finding housing in Nashville
due to his ex-con status. Kim heard that he was having a hard time and offered to
pay his rent for the next 5 years. Charles said he is eternally grateful and can’t wait
to meet Kardashian to show his appreciation. She had another recent victory when
she helped convince the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, to bring an end to
the death penalty in her home state. Has Kim been making moves or what?

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