All about her criminal justice work

Last month, Kim Kardashian West shocked the world when she announced that she is working towards being a lawyer. She is arguably the most famous reality-TV star on the planet, but the 38-year-old revealed that she is doing a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, and is aiming to sit the California bar exam in 2022.

Even though, Kim isn’t a lawyer, she is still managing to help those behind bars, according to one non-profit law firm. The mother-of-three helped free 17 inmates from jail in the last three months, the Decarceration Collective told broadcaster CBS. This is part of the 90 Days of Freedom campaign, which was launched by her lawyer, Brittany Barnett, and Decarceration Collective lawyer MiAngel Cody, and seeks to work with non-violent offenders incarcerated on low-level drug charges.

Brittany confirmed to Buzzfeed that Kim funded the operation, saying that she is: “using her platform to shine a light on this issue”. The campaign was launched after the United States President, Donald Trump, signed the First Step Act, which aims to give prisoners who show good behaviour the opportunity to seek shorter sentences.  “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,” said Brittany.

Kim’s interest in the law peaked last year, after a meeting with the President at the White House, where they discussed criminal justice reform. The meeting was arranged by the Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. This lead to the release of Alice Johnson, a woman in her sixties serving a life sentence for a first-time drug offense. “This wasn’t just a one-off thing,” Brittany said of Kim. “This is a real passion for her.”

 

Not only that, but the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is working on a new two-hour documentary, further cementing her commitment to bettering the criminal justice system. Kim is set to executive produce a documentary for Oxygen, under the working title of Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project. This film will follow her “efforts to secure freedom for Americans who she believes have been wronged by the justice system.” It will also include exclusive footage, giving us an inside look at her mission to tackle one of America’s most controversial subjects.

“Oxygen is tremendously excited to work with some of the biggest names in the industry on such important projects,” Oxygen executive vice president Rod Aissa said in the press release. “This year we’ve increased our original hours by more than 30 percent, and we’ll keep ramping up our programming efforts as more fans flock to the network to experience best in class content.”

Last Friday, Kim revealed on Twitter that she was able to help release another low-level drug offender from prison. She tweeted: “We did it again! Had the best call w/this lovely family & my attorney @msbkb who just won release for their loved one Jeffrey in Miami. He served 22 years of life sentence for low level drug case. He served too much time but it gives me so much joy to fund this life saving work.”

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