Kim Kardashian Visits Death Row Inmate at San Quentin State Prison
On Thursday afternoon, Kim Kardashian was spotted at San Quentin's death row. She was a woman on a mission during the visit.
The reality TV star and newly qualified lawyer, Kim Kardashian-West was spotted wearing a baggy black jumpsuit during a visit to the San Quentin prison. The star is on a mission to provide prisoners a chance at freedom.
She took her reform efforts on the road to one of America's most notorious prisons. The star's goal of the visit is to begin the process of freeing an inmate who has been on death row since 1983.
I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin’s death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted. pic.twitter.com/FveajjjA5y— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2019
The prisoner in question is 61-year-old Kevin Cooper. He was convicted of committing 4 heinous murders in Chino Hills, CA in the '80s and sentenced to death row.
Cooper has adamantly maintained that he is innocent.
Since his conviction, the death penalty has been revised several times. It was suspended, reinstated, then a gas chamber was introduced and abolished and death by lethal injection was introduced.
I am hopeful that Kevin will be exonerated since DNA testing has now been ordered on Kevin’s case and I remain grateful to Governor Newsom for ending capital punishment in California. pic.twitter.com/NmLbh0bNYD— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2019
Cooper has adamantly maintained that he is innocent. Kim took to Twitter to reveal more details of their meeting saying,
"I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin's death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted."
Aced my test btw ⚖️✏️📚— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 17, 2019
Back in October, Kim had reached out to the then-Governor of California Jerry Brown to investigate Cooper's case. She referenced evidence that Cooper may have been framed.
Brown ordered DNA testing to be carried out. California's new Governor, Gavin Newsom, ordered additional testing in February.
The final DNA test results have not been released. However, Kim decided to pay Cooper a visit so she could have her first face-to-face meeting with him.
Kim wore all black to the meeting and spent 2 hours with him. According to her tweets, she is even more convinced that he was framed.
At this given time, Cooper will not face execution. Governor Newsom is a death penalty opponent and has suspended all executions while he is in office.
During her reform efforts, Kim and her legal team have helped give 17 inmates freedom over the past few months.