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Reality TV icon and lawyer-to-be Kim Kardashian West just returned to the White House to discuss the nuances of prison reform and new partnerships with President Donald Trump.
Kardashian spoke on the issue of prison reentry at an event in Washington D.C. on June 13. The influencer-turned-activist discussed new programs that will help formerly incarcerated individuals join the workforce again. Specifically, Kardashian announced a new program with Lyft, a ride-sharing app that plans on issuing former prisoners gift cards to help them get to work and visit family.
President Trump introduced Kim Kardashian and gave a perfunctory statement on the issue.
"We must make sure the Americans returning from prison get a true second chance,” Trump said, according to The Washington Post. “When former inmates come home, the single most important thing we can do is help them get a job.”
"When we say, 'Hire American,' we mean all Americans," concluded Trump, according to CBS News.
Kardashian then spoke about how she came to care about the specific set of complicated dilemmas faced by people who have previously served time.
"I wanted to make a difference and just wanted to do the right thing, but I didn't know how," Kardashian said, according to USA Today. "The ultimate goal is everyone wants the community to be safe. And the more opportunity that … [ex-prisoners] have, and the support we help give them, the safer everyone will be."
Kardashian had been talking about the event on her social media accounts before arriving at the White House.
"I am heading to the White House to speak at the second-chance hiring and re-entry event," she said. "[I am] honored to be a part of the announcement that the administration and the private sector are stepping up to create opportunities for these men and women to succeed once home."
Kardashian, now an aspiring lawyer, has previously discussed the subject of prison reform with President Trump on several occasions. She is believed to have played an instrumental role in the pardoning of Alice Marie Johnson, who had been serving life in prison on drug charges.
She has also bankrolled several lawyers to help those convicted of low-level drug offenses from winding up behind bars for life, according to The Washington Post.
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