Kim Kardashian Helps Free Man Serving Life For Low-Level Drug Offense

By David Konow 05/07/19

"He served too much time but it gives me so much joy to fund this life-saving work," Kardashian West tweeted.

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While Kim Kardashian West may be best known for being a social media star and for being married to Kanye West, she has also helped get low-level drug offenders out of prison.

According to People, Kardashian announced on Friday (May 3) that she helped release a man named Jeffrey Stringer, a low-level drug offender who has spent over 20 years in jail.

“We did it again!” she tweeted. “Had the best call w/ this lovely family & my attorney who just won release for their loved one Jeffrey in Miami. He served 22 years of [a] life sentence for [a] low level drug case. He served too much time but it gives me so much joy to fund this life saving work.”

Brittany Barnett, an attorney who worked with Kardashian to get Stringer released, told NBC Miami, “Someone’s life is in your hands. Their entire life. I don’t take it lightly. It’s an honor and a privilege for me to do this work and for Jeffrey to trust me with his life… To have served 22 years in prison, laboring under the dark cloud of dying there, and to get a second chance at life, it’s beautiful.”

Kardashian petitioned President Trump last year to help free Alice Marie Johnson, another nonviolent drug offender who was slapped with a life sentence. When Johnson was sentenced in 1996, she was a first-time drug offender, and she had no opportunity for parole.

Johnson told CNN she was “a telephone mule, passing messages between the distributors and sellers. I participated in drug conspiracy, and I was wrong.”

Once Johnson was free, a new piece of legislation, the First Step Act, was approved by Congress, and Trump signed it into law in December 2018.

As the First Step Act’s official website explains, “The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have voted overwhelmingly to pass the First Step Act… On December 21, 2018 President Trump signed the bill into law, bringing us one step closer to fixing a broken criminal justice system that has torn too many families apart and destroyed too many lives.”

“I never in a million years thought we would get to the point of getting laws passed,” Kardashian said. “That was really a turning point for me.”

Kardashian is currently studying to be a lawyer, and she hopes to take the bar exam by 2022.

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