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Kim Kardashian Back At The White House As She Seeks Another Pardon For Drug Inmate Sentenced To Life
The reality star recently revealed that she is working on getting another prisoner freed and attended a listening session on prison reform in the nation's capital.
Months after successfully petitioning for the release of Alice Johnson, Kim Kardashian is using her platform to hopefully free another prisoner.
Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother, spent nearly two decades behind bars after being dealt a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. President Donald Trump pardoned her in June, only one week after meeting with Kardashian to discuss prison reform and Johnson’s case. CNN reports that during Wednesday’s episode of the “Wrongful Conviction” podcast, the reality star-turned-activist revealed that she has set her sights on helping another inmate gain their freedom: Chris Young, a young man serving life in prison for drug-related offenses.
“Yesterday, I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case — got life. It’s so unfair,” she said. “He’s 30 years old. He’s been in for almost 10 years.”
Kardashian also revealed that she has teamed up with the judge who sentenced Young, former U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp. Sharp did not agree with Young’s sentence and later stepped down. He said of Young’s sentence in June, “What I was required to do that day was cruel and did not make us safer.”
Kardashian paid a visit to the White House again on Wednesday to attend a meeting on prison reform and the clemency process, USA Today reports. Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, reportedly headed the listening session.
Kardashian previously teamed up with Kushner when petitioning the White House for Alice Johnson’s freedom earlier this year, and during her interview with “Wrongful Conviction,” Kardashian described Kushner as someone passionate about change, according to CNN.
“He is really passionate about changing some of these laws and getting a lot of bills passed. Hopefully some things will get passed,” she said. “I’m hopeful.”
Kardashian shared photos of the session on Twitter, writing in the caption, “It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve met inside prisons I knew I couldn’t stop at just one. It’s time for REAL systemic change.”
[Photo: Kim Kardashian attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France. By Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]