Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West told the Associated Press on Saturday that she was moving closer to becoming a lawyer. At the same time, the mother of four also revealed that she is working on a documentary about her advocacy work for criminal justice reform.
Most people only associate Kardashian with "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" show, her marriage to Kanye West, or her makeup line. However, in the last couple of years, she went back to school and turned her efforts to working on issues surrounding mass incarceration.
The TV personality became interested in criminal justice reform after assisting to win the release of two women from prison.
In 2018, after hearing a Kardashian's plea in the White House, President Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother and a first-time offender, who was serving a life sentence for cocaine trafficking. Since then, Kardashian started working with prisoners who believed they had been unfairly sentenced.
She will share some of her experiences as a lawyer in training during the two-hour film entitled "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project," which will debut on the Oxygen cable network on April 5.
The documentary will show Kardashian visiting prisons and working with a team of lawyers in four cases. They include a sex trafficking victim and a woman who murdered a family member who abused her. Each of the participants in the documentary believed they received unfair sentences. Two of them were already released.
Kardashian said she was deeply moved by what she had seen in prisons. She hoped to open up the viewers' hearts and minds about these issues and to fuel the debate of a much needed judicial reform.
VinceDiPersio, an executive producer of ''The Justice Project'', commented that Kim Kardashian West is taking a massive risk by advocating for the release of prisoners.
Just imagine what would happen if someone gets out and does something terrible, DiPersio said, highlighting that it would affect Kardashian's business and public image.
Kardashian West confirmed that no one she had helped has ever tried to exploit her for additional assistance. She added that she is in touch with them and is proud of what they have achieved after their release.
The TV and fashion mogul commented that one of the main reasons she started a new career in law was to show her four black kids that anyone could end up in a situation like any of the people she is helping.
''I'm trying to fix a broken system,'' Kardashian West said, highlighting that she is not doing it for publicity. ''I care,'' she added.
What do you think? Do you support or oppose Kardashian's statement that the criminal justice reform is long overdue?