We know about Kim Kardashian’s role in the 2018 summer release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old Alabama woman in prison since 1996 on a nonviolent drug charge. Kim learned about her case through social media and met with President Trump, seeking Johnson’s clemency.
What has been relatively low-profile news is that Kim has been working with CNN commentator and activist Van Jones and the attorney Jessica Jackson, cofounders of #cut50, a national bipartisan advocacy group on criminal-justice reform for months. After visiting prisons, petitioning governors, and attending meetings at the White House, Kim Kardashian made a major decision about her forward life direction.
The powerhouse mogul is studying 18 hrs. a week to become a lawyer and will take the bar exam in California, one of four states where Kim can apprentice herself to a qualified lawyer while studying and preparing for the exam, as early as 2022. .
Buzzfeed wrote on Tuesday that Kim Kardashian West has helped free 17 federal prisoners in the last three months.
Lawyers Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody confirmed Kardashian’s involvement in funding the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, an entity born from President Trump’s signing of the First Step Act, designed to see sentence reductions for those serving life terms on drug offences.
“She’s using her platform to shine a light on this issue,” said Barnett, who is Kardashian West's personal lawyer and one of the co-creators of the Buried Alive Project. “She really helped us with the work we’ve already been doing, and she’s helping us amplify the voices of the people who are buried alive.”
“People get out of prison when powerful women link arms. Brittany and I linked arms years ago, and Kim has come and linked arms, too," Cody, Barnett’s co-counsel on the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, said. “It’s about using what resources you have to shine a light on the underbelly of American injustice."
The two lawyers are launching the Third Strike Project, which will look more broadly at the hundreds of men and women serving life sentences under three-strikes laws that were implemented in the early ’90s, but who aren't covered by the First Step Act.
“We have hundreds of people that we need to bring to the forefront and help free that are serving life sentences under a law that has changed, but just did not reach back to help them,” Cody said.
It seems safe to assert that Kim Kardashian West will be front and center in the battle. It seems safe to assert that Kim Kardashian West will be front and center in the battle. In fact, she just announced Wednesday ‘Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project’, a new two-hour documentary for Oxygen.