Kim Kardashian West helps the oversentenced with ‘The Justice Project’


‘Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project’ – Reality TV star helps the unfairly sentenced


Kim Kardashian West

In the category of celebrities who use their fame for what they believe is right, we present for your consideration Kim Kardashian West.

Indeed, the 39-year-old businesswoman, socialite and media personality from the long-running E! unscripted series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is taking up the cause of prison reform, going to bat for people whose sentences she believes are unjustly onerous. Her activism in this arena is detailed in the documentary “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project.”

Premiering Sunday, April 5, on Oxygen, the two-hour documentary follows Kardashian West as she works to right injustices and advocate for change while trying to get the sentences of four convicts reduced or commuted. Probably the most noteworthy case, that of Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother who received a life sentence for serving as an intermediary for a drug trafficking organization in a nonviolent first offense, culminated in a commutation by President Trump in 2018.

“Every case that I chose is really personal to me,” Kardashian West explained to a recent gathering of journalists in Pasadena, Calif., “and a lot of the time it’s from a letter that I receive from someone on the inside that just really touches my heart and something that I know that moves me. You know, sometimes there’s so many cases that I do want to help, but I just know that it will be a huge challenge. And so, those might take a little bit longer, and I’ll send those off to a group of attorneys I think can make a difference.”

The documentary also delves into the individual cases and the circumstances that originally led the individuals to take the actions they did. For this, Kardashian West visited prisons, spoke with the individuals’ families and friends and met with lawyers to develop strategies to facilitate their release.

The law has always been a passion for Kardashian West, the daughter of prominent lawyer Robert Kardashian, and she is currently studying to take the bar exam in the hopes of helping those who need and deserve it.

“It took my breath away sitting there hearing these stories of people that are no different than really us,” she says. “They just have a


George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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