She’s back at the White House! According to TMZ, Kim Kardashian flew to Washington DC in the middle of the night on Sept. 5 for a face-to-face meeting with President Trump. The KUWTK star is continuing her prison reform mission — a cause that Kim has passionately advocated for since she learned about Alice Marie Johnson.
Alice is a 63-year-old great-grandmother and former inmate who had been serving a life sentence since 1996 when she was convicted of a non-violent, drug-related crime. It was her first offense. Thanks to Kim’s lobbying efforts, the president granted Alice clemency on June 6 and now, Kim is hoping to do the same for another inmate named Chris Young.
Speaking with Jason Flom, host of the Wrongful Conviction podcast, the-mother-of-three revealed that she spoke on the phone with Chris and promised to fight for his freedom. Chris is 30 years old and has been incarcerated for nearly 10 years. He was sentenced to life in prison for cocaine and weed possession.
Additionally, Kim noted that she has been in contact with the former Tennessee judge who delivered Chris’ sentence. “I was on the phone with the judge that sentenced him to life, who resigned because he had never been on the side of having to do something so unfair and now he is fighting with us to get (Chris) out,” she said.
“It gave me such hope. It was a mandatory sentence that he had to deliver and (the judge) knew it was so wrong,” Kim continued. The 37-year-old then went on to explain that Chris is suffering from sickle cell anemia and as a result, has been receiving treatment in a medical facility. However, the inmate will soon be moved to a maximum security facility.
“It’s scary when you have a minor drug charge, but then you get life and you’re stuck in this crazy maximum security prison with murderers and people (like that),” Kim said. “It’s a completely different environment than the environment that he’s so used to.”
Here’s hoping that Kim’s passion and determination continue to open up an honest dialogue about the nature of the criminal justice system.