Kim Kardashian is back to doing mitzvahs. She’s just agreed to pay Matthew Charles’ rent for the next 5 years after he was rejected from renting an apartment in Nashville due to his criminal record. Not only that, Kim may have been marginally helpful in getting the bill passed that prompted Matthew’s release from prison in the first place. According to CNN, Kim’s been doing slightly more than Oval Office photo ops in her quest to become the Harriet Tubman of Calabasas. Not only did she successfully lobby Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson last summer, she’s been credited with helping get a prison reform bill called The First Step Act passed.
I imagine she “helped” by giving Trump something to look at (her titties), and while he was distracted, her friend Jared Kushner slid the bill into the pile of pictures of himself he was autographing and it got signed. But CNN says that’s not how it went down. Kim visited the White House back in September to participate in a meeting meant to sway Trump into taking action on prison reform.
The half-hour meeting was just one of several pivotal moments that ultimately led Trump to endorse a groundbreaking prison and sentencing overhaul bill.
Matthew was the first prisoner to benefit from the resulting First Step Act. Matthew had already served 21 years of a 35 year sentence for nonviolent drug charges. He was released in 2016 and out for 2 years before the government appealed his release and sent him back to prison. According to Nashville Public Radio:
He was free for almost two years. During that time, he got a good job, began volunteering at a food pantry every weekend, made friends and reconnected with his family.
But the government appealed his release. They said he should have never gotten out because he had prior convictions on his record that made him ineligible. Despite the progress he’d made in prison over two decades, the justice system still considered him a “career offender.”
This news grabbed the attention of the media, and moved Kim to advocate for him.
This man is sentenced to 35 yrs for selling drugs. He serves over 21 yrs, is released, finds a job, new relationship, starts a new life, & now is being sent back for another 10 yrs because the original release was an error. This man has completely rehabilitated himself. So sad https://t.co/msLsMSHGxh
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 28, 2018
In January, Matthew was finally released under the provisions of the First Step Act but, according to Us Weekly, he was having trouble finding an apartment due to his having been a repeat offender. When Kim heard about this, she decided to step in and offer to pay his rent for the next 5 years. Matthew posted his thanks on Facebook.
So Kim’s actually, factually made a difference. But don’t worry, she still knows what’s really important.