Kim Kardashian West might be an unlikely political lobbyist, but you can't argue she's an ineffective one. In June, President Trump commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson basically because Kim told him to. Now the KKW mogul has returned to Washington, campaigning for the release of another non-violent drug offender facing a lifetime behind bars.
Kardashian's new cause is 30-year-old Chris Young, who received a life sentence after three arrests for marijuana and cocaine possession. He's already served ten years.
"His prior conviction to get him to his three strikes was marijuana, and then marijuana with less than half a gram of cocaine," Kardashian explained to podcast host Jason Flom on an episode of his show Wrongful Conviction, released yesterday. "It was just a crazy — there's so many people like him."
It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’… https://t.co/vmeMLDu8zG— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West) 1536171517.0
Today Kim shared photos of a White House "listening session" on clemency and prison reform headed up by Trump's son-in-law and self-proclaimed prison reform enthusiast Jared Kushner. Other activists attending included former Obama adviser Van Jones and human rights attorney Jessica Jackson Sloan.
Would this news story have seemed normal a year ago? No. But actually we're pretty glad Kim's on the case. If her last visit to DC is any indication, Young has reason to feel optimistic about a shortened sentence. According to Vanity Fair, she's been making "near daily contact" with the White House to push for more commutations.
More generally, her return invite ignites an ember of hope that prison reform legislation could pass sooner rather than later. Especially as Jared Kushner has indicated that new laws are a priority.
It isn't confirmed whether Kim will meet with Trump himself this time around –– which means we might not get a recreation of this creepy photo.
Photo via Twitter