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    Kim Kardashian Will Reportedly Pay 5 Years' Rent For A Former Inmate After He Was Denied Housing

    "Kim did not do this for attention or publicity, but I had to share it ... My heart is about to burst with happiness."

    It's no secret that Kim Kardashian West has been vocal in the past about her views on criminal justice and prison reform in the United States.

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    Last May, Kim met with President Trump to discuss pardoning Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who was serving a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offence.

    Now Kim has pledged to help another former inmate: Matthew Charles, who was released from prison in January after serving 20 years of his 35-year sentence for a nonviolent drug offence.

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    According to an article shared on his Facebook page, Charles applied for housing at an apartment complex in Nashville, but his application was denied due to his "prior criminal history".

    On Sunday, Charles posted on Facebook saying Kim had heard about his situation and reached out to him offering to help.

    According to several reports, Kim has offered to help the man find a stable place to live and will pay his rent for 5 years while he saves money in order to buy a home.

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    Charles was one of the first people released from prison under the First Step Act, a bill which aims to reduce mandatory minimum prison sentences and reintegrate inmates into society. At the time, political commentator Van Jones told TMZ the bill "would not have passed" if Kim hadn't met with the president.

    "Kim did not do this for attention or publicity," Charles wrote on Facebook. "But I had to share it, because it's to good not to, and my heart is about to burst with happiness."

    Read Matthew Charles' full Facebook post here:

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    A representative for Kim Kardashian West has been contacted for comment.

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