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With Kardashian West’s help, released prisoner finds housing

March 23, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With Kim Kardashian West pledging to cover five years of rent, one of the first inmates released after federal sentencing reforms says he has finally found a new home.

In a Facebook post Friday, Matthew Charles thanked Kardashian West and others for helping to overcome what he called a “nonsensical barrier.”

Charles told The Tennessean earlier this month he couldn’t find permanent housing since his release, partly due to his criminal history.

Kardashian-West, an advocate for criminal justice reform, then reached out with the offer.

Convicted of a nonviolent drug offense in 1996, Charles received national attention because he was ordered back to prison in 2018, two years after his release. He was released on Jan. 3 and was invited to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

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