Former inmate Matthew Charles finds a home 'in the heart of Nashville'

Key photo: Courtesy of Matthew Charles

Photo on the right submitted to FOX 17 News

Former inmate Matthew Charles picked up the keys to his new home Friday. Charles tells FOX 17 News he found a home "in the heart of Nashville."

Charles received nationwide attention after being the first prisoner released under the First Step Act. He reportedly struggled to find housing in Music City since his release on Jan. 3.


The former inmate's lease applications were denied multiple times due to his criminal record even with Kim Kardashian-West pledging to cover his rent for five years.

The superstar put out a recent plea on social media, looking for landlords with a two-bedroom apartment available in Nashville willing to give Charles a chance.

In 1996, Charles was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for selling crack cocaine. He spent 21 years in prison before being released in 2016 due to the Fair Sentencing Act.

But two years later, the Department of Justice said Charles was released in error and ordered him to go back. So, he turned himself in as celebrities like Kardashian-West tweeted in support of his freedom.

He was freed again on Jan. 3 under the First Step Act and attended the State of the Union address; the White House calling his life "a story of redemption."

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