Kim Kardashian headed back to the White House on Sept. 5 to discuss prison reform and freeing 30-year-old Tennessee inmate Chris Young. We have the details of her visit here!
Kim Kardashian is using her influence to do good again. The businesswoman and KUWTK star headed to the White House on Sept. 5 to discuss the release of Chris Young from prison, three months after successfully lobbying to free grandmother Alice Marie Johnson. Kim, 37, tweeted images from her visit, which included sitting around a table to discuss prison reform with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Also present were activist Van Jones and Judge Kevin Sharp who gave 30-year-old Chris a life sentence for marijuana and cocaine possession back in 2010.
Kim tweeted, “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.” The White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley also confirmed the purpose of the meeting in a statement to TMZ, saying, “Today at the White House, members of the Administration are hosting a listening session about the clemency process. The discussion is mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review.”
We previously reported, via TMZ, that Kim was meant to meet Trump himself. But HollywoodLife is reaching out to both Kim’s team and the White House to confirm if they did meet behind-the-scenes anyway. Kim said she’s in “regular touch” with Jared, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, who is passionate about prison reform after his own father was incarcerated. Kim was recently on Jason Flom‘s Wrongful Conviction podcast and discussed Chris’ case. She revealed that she had a phone call with the young prisoner, who is sick, and promised him she would work on his case.
“When I was talking to Chris Young, who’s in prison [and] has sickle cell anemia… So, he’s had to have a few surgeries and he’s been in a medical facility for a few years, and he goes back into the maximum-security prison where lifers have to go. And he’s had a perfect record…. He was saying, ‘I can stay out of trouble in here, but going in there there’s stabbings, there’s this. And if you’re near that you can get in trouble so easily,'” Kim said on the podcast. “He just didn’t want to get caught up in a situation that had nothing to do with him, but could very much have.
“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],” she continues. “It’s a completely different environment than the environment that he’s so used to.”
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
Kim met with Trump at the White House in June to discuss prison reform, and the plight of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who was serving a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. She and Alice had struck up a friendship after Alice’s story went viral, and Kim promised to do everything in her power to help her. It took seven months of Kim working with Ivanka Trump and Jared before even landing her White House meeting. One week after discussing the case with the president, Alice was freed and reunited with her family.
This story is still developing. HollywoodLife will keep you updated as more information becomes available.