Kim Kardashian On A Mission To Free More Non-Violent Drug Offenders

By Bryan Le 09/10/18

Following her initial success, the reality TV star is gearing up to convince the Trump administration to do it again on a larger scale.

Kim Kardashian West meets with officials at the White House to advocate the federal government reconsider minimum sentences for drug offenders.
Kardashian is on a crusade. Photo via Kim Kardashian West/Twitter

Kim Kardashian West managed to commute the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a non-violent drug offender, with a single meeting at the White House.

Now the 37-year-old reality television star is back to present the case of Chris Young, 30, who received life in prison for drug possession after three strikes.

However, this time she is expanding the scope, calling for a systematic change to stop drug criminals from receiving extreme sentences at a listening session headed by Jared Kushner.

“It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve met inside prisons I knew I couldn’t stop at just one,” West wrote on a Twitter post with photos of the meeting. “It’s time for REAL systemic change.”

West spoke about Young’s case on the Wrongful Conviction podcast, sharing that Young has already been in prison for 10 years at this point.

“Yesterday I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case, got life. It’s so unfair… It was just a crazy—there’s so many people like him,” she told the podcast’s host, Jason Flom. “His prior conviction to get him to his three strikes was marijuana and then marijuana with less than half a gram of cocaine.”

Summing up all the drugs that Young was sentenced for, Flom calculated that the total weight of all the drugs Young was serving a life sentence for weighed less than three pennies.

West also revealed in the interview that the judge who presided over Young’s case, Kevin Sharp, actually stepped down from his position because he felt the life sentence was “so wrong … [Sharp] was like, ‘I’m gonna make this right. I’m gonna step down and I’m gonna fight to get him out.'"

West has reportedly been in touch with Jared Kushner regarding minimum sentences for drug offenders. This new battle is likely to be long-fought, unlike her first success in freeing Johnson.

“I spoke to the president… He let me know what was going to happen [with Johnson] and he was going to sign the papers right then and there and she could be released that day,” she recounted. “I didn’t know, does that happen right away? Is there a process? What is it? So he was going to let her go. He told me she can leave today.”

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