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September 10 2018

Millennial Monday: Kim Kardashian Visits White House (Again) Focusing on Three Strikes Laws

by Betsy Pearson

Following up on her earlier meeting with President Trump, Kim Kardashian went to the White House again to discuss criminal justice reform. She has taken an interest in prison reform and sentencing after successfully persuading the President to commute the life sentence of nonviolent drug offender, Alice Marie Johnson.

During this recent visit Kim Kardashian met with Senior White House Advisors including Ivanka Trump. After her listening session, Kim tweeted:

“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. It's time for REAL systematic change”

In the Wrongful Conviction Podcast, a show dedicated to bringing attention to what it describes as “unequal justice and actual innocence”, Kim revealed that she is now working to free Chris Young. Young was sentenced to life in prison after he fell under the “three strikes” law in Tennessee.

These laws are in multiple states and are used as a one-size-fits-all sentence. The problem with the three strikes law is that it includes nonviolent crimes which can lead to disproportionate punishment. Even in Chris Young’s case, the ruling judge said “If there was anyway I could have not given him life in prison I would have done it. What they did was wrong, they deserve some time in prison, but not life.”

Kim Kardashian is using her fame and fortune to bring attention to these third-strike laws. Chris Young’s case provides an opportunity for us to focus more on criminal justice reform.

 

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