Kim Kardashian Helped Free 17 Prisoners in the past 90 Days
Kim Kardashian-West has been trying to help nullify the life sentences of 17 first-time nonviolent drug offenders in the past three months, all while studying to become a lawyer.
Kim Kardashian-West has been vocal about her intention of becoming a lawyer, but what her supporters didn't know, was that even as a student, she's already helped a total of 17 inmates.
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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine - It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️
According to Brittany K. Barnett, Kardashian-West's personal attorney and co-founder of the Buried Alive Project and MiAngel Cody, the lead counsel of The Decarceration Collective, Kim has been instrumental in the release of 17 first-time nonviolent drug offenders.
Kim Kardashian-West's Influence
In an interview with CNN, Cody shares how important Kardashian-West's role has been in giving these inmates a shot at freedom.
Thanks to her support through funding and consulting, she has been a huge part of their 90 Days of Freedom campaign that is part of the First Step Act that President Donald Trump signed into law in 2018. Cody shared more about this, saying:
"Kim has been funding this project and (has been) a very important supporter of our 90 Days of Freedom campaign as part of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year. We've been going around the country in courtrooms and asking judges to release these inmates."
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For the last year, I have immersed myself in learning about the criminal justice system. I visited prisons, met with formerly incarcerated people, and helped with cases of individual injustice - including two death penalty cases. I have met with and am very supportive of Governor Newsom and his decision to help bring an end to the California Death Penalty. Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system but especially when it comes to the death penalty. And we should not be okay with the risk that an innocent person could be executed. I hope we can turn toward better solutions that focus more on healing victims of trauma and prioritizing fairness and justice.
Barnett adds that without Kim footing the bill, it would have never been possible.
"[Kim] has provided financial support to cover legal fees so that we can travel the country. Our relationships with our clients don't end when they are freed. [Kim] is truly dedicated to the issue. I work personally with her, we are really grateful."
However, while it seems as if she's just funding the project, her influence goes beyond that. She also provides assistance to inmates who were incarcerated far from their homes. Kim assists these inmates to get back home to their families.
The latest courtroom success
Thanks to Kim's passion for helping other people, she saved a man named "Jeffrey" who committed a low-level drug crime. He has been in prison for 22 long years, and the reality TV star and law student was extremely happy to announce that he is now reunited with his family after two decades.
“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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/pbYicKmFpJ— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 3, 2019
Jeffrey is one of the 17 inmates that Kim has helped. Now that she is an aspiring lawyer, there's no doubt that she'll be able to help hundreds or even thousands more.