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This week, media mogul and criminal justice reform advocate Kim Kardashian West stopped by the District of Columbia Correctional Treatment Facility to discuss the Georgetown Prison Scholars program, a higher education initiative for the incarcerated.
The 38-year-old was at the correctional facility on Tuesday shooting footage for “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project,” an upcoming Oxygen documentary special that follows her efforts to "secure freedom for Americans who she believes have been wronged by the justice system."
Images of the high-profile visit were shared by the DC Department of Corrections social media accounts, thanking Kardashian West for “sharing and engaging” alongside Georgetown University professor and Director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative, Marc M. Howard.
Howard also posted snaps from the day, writing, “I look forward to continuing to work together to defeat mass incarceration and rediscover humanity.”
Author and activist Halim Flowers, who was released from DC Jail in March after taking Georgetown Prison Scholars courses, called Kardashian West a “sister” in his Instagram post from the event, and said he was teaching the future lawyer about “the atrocity of putting children in cages for life sentences and the power of higher education programs in jails and prisons.”
In another image, Kardashian West smiles next to inmate Momolu Stewart, who appeared in the 1998 movie "Slam" before he was found guilty of first-degree murder, according to court documents.
On Twitter, Kardashian West praised Georgetown Prison Scholars as a program that “every prison needs.”
“It’s changing lives!” wrote the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star.
In the past year, Kardashian West has made multiple trips to the nation’s capital to lobby President Donald Trump on behalf of inmates such as Alice Marie Johnson, the grandmother who was granted clemency in 2018 after being sentenced to life in prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.
More recently, Kardashian West reached out to President Trump about helping to release rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish custody. The “Fashion Killa” artist was arrested on July 3 for suspected assault following a street fight in Stockholm, and today, he was formally charged with assault, according to an announcement by Swedish officials.
Along with supporting Lyft’s rideshare program for former inmates, Kardashian West has also financed a campaign to free 17 inmates, who were serving life sentences for low-level drug crimes, from federal prison.
A premiere date for “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project” has yet to be announced, but the two-hour special promises “an exclusive, never-before-seen look inside her mission to tackle one of America's most controversial subjects.”
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