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June 4 2018

Millennial Monday: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, White House Edition

by Betsy Pearson

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is the guilty pleasure reality show of a generation, and in recent news, the celebrity family has been getting political. Last week, Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump to discuss criminal justice reform. The fashion mogul started taking an interest in prison reform and sentencing when she first heard of Alice Marie Johnson’s story.

Alice Marie Johnson was sentenced to life in jail in 1996 after she was involved in a multimillion dollar cocaine ring. Twenty years into her sentence she began speaking out about how she was forced into the drug trade and how much she regrets her life choices. Kim Kardashian called Alice’s sentencing “unfair” because she is serving a life sentence for a non-violent crime.

In a tweet following the meeting Kim stated:

@KimKardashian: We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she—and so many like her—will get a second chance at life.

Criminal Justice reform should have bipartisan support. The FIRST STEP Act, passed in the House last month favors rehabilitation, and works with low-risk offenders to “prepare them to reenter society.” By focusing on lowering recidivism rates and making the sentencing process fairer, this Act would help non-violent offenders like Alice.

In an interview, Kim opened up spoke about the way her meeting with Trump went, “I think that he really spent the time to listen our case that we were making for Alice.”

Recently, Kim Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, made headlines with his support for Trump, so the Kardashian-West family is no stranger to this administration. It is always nice to see celebrities use their power to help create real political change instead of using their influence to bash the president. I am hopeful for the policy change that will come about because of this unlikely meeting.

 

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