Reality TV star Kim Kardashian was at the White House on Wednesday to discuss criminal justice reform.
Three months past, Kardashian pressed for a pardon on Alice Marie Johnson, who was sentenced to life in jail on drug charges.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
President Donald Trump granted Johnson clemency, releasing her from jail.
I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 31, 2018
Other attendees at the White House with Kardashian were White House advisor Jared Kushner, CNN commentator Van Jones, and decide Kevin Sharp, who sentenced Tennessee man Chris Young to life in jail on drug charges.
“Today at the White House, members of the administration are hosting a listening session about the clemency process,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said, according to TMZ. “The discussion is mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review.”
She said on the “Wrongful Conviction” podcast with Jason Flom that she is lobbying for Young, who was sentenced to life in jail for cocaine and marijuana possession following a 2010 arrest.
“It’s so unfair. He’s 30 years old. He’s been in for almost 10 years,” Kardashian said.
Jones spoke with the Associated Press regarding the meeting:
“We are working to build support for prison reform, sentencing reform, and fair treatment of people coming home from prison. When you have prominent people like Kim helping voiceless people behind bars — like Chris Young who she is advocating for today — that’s incredibly powerful.”
Kardashian tweeted on Wednesday:
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 pic.twitter.com/kdKr8s6lJW
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 5, 2018
On a recent episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel tried to corner Kardashian into bashing Trump, however instead, she thanked him for commuting Johnson’s sentence.
“I have nothing bad to say about the president,” she said.