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Kim Kardashian West Returns To White House With Women She Helped Free From Prison
Kim Kardashian West, along with Alice Marie Johnson and three other women recently released from prison, met with President Donald Trump to "discuss more change that our justice system desperately needs."
The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star, along with the #cut50 team and criminal justice advocate Alice Marie Johnson, met with Trump in the Oval Office to "discuss more change that our justice system desperately needs!" Kardashian West tweeted.
Joining Kardashian West and Johnson were Crystal Munoz, Judith Negron, and Tynice Hall — three mothers who were granted clemency by Trump in February. Prior to their visit, Kardashian West shared the women's stories on social media, captioning one photo, "White House here we come!!!"
Munoz's case was profiled in the prison reform legislation the First Step Act. She was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana. She was pregnant at the time and had to leave behind her 5-month-old baby. When she gave birth to her second daughter, she was shackled by prison guards, Kardashian West tweeted.
Negron was given a 35-year sentence for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, the mother of two's first offense. She received the longest sentence to ever be given to a woman for a white collar crime.
Hall, a mother to a 3-year-old son, was also sentenced to 35 years for a first-time, nonviolent drug conspiracy offense. Her boyfriend at the time used her home for his illegal drug activities, Kardashian West wrote.
All three women were previously incarcerated with Johnson, a 64-year-old great-grandmother whose life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense was commuted by President Trump in 2018 after Kardashian West met with him to discuss her case.
“When I learned that my sentence was commuted, I made a promise to the women that I served with that I would never forget them. I am grateful to have played a part in using my voice on behalf of the voiceless," Johnson said in a press release obtained by Oxygen.com. "I look forward to continuing to support those who are most in need of a second chance and to help every person rise."
Ivanka Trump tweeted her own photo from the West Wing visit, writing that the women are "already using their second chance to pay it forward!"
Since Johnson's release, Kardashian West has gone on to advocate for dozens of incarcerated people, including Dawn Jackson, Momolu Stewart, Alexis Martin, and David Sheppard, all of whom are featured in the documentary special “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project,” premiering Sunday, April 5 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
Stewart and Sheppard were both released from prison in 2019, both thanking Kardashian West for her personal involvement in their cases.
“In order for the laws to change and in order for all these policies to change, we do need to put a face with the crime and to show people that people are better than the worst choice that they’ve ever made in their life at one moment in their life," Kardashian West said in an interview with Oxygen.com.