According to reports, Kim is meeting with the head of state to rally behind a 30-year prisoner currently serving a life sentence.
Her cause is prison reform … and she’s also championing the case of Chris Young, who is serving a life sentence in Tennessee for cocaine and marijuana possession. Young, who is now 30, has already served just under 10 years. Kim also says she’s in regular touch with Jared Kushner, who she says is “passionate” about prison reform … especially in drug cases where the sentences are draconian. Kim wants the President to get behind prison reform legislation that will rejigger sentences so they fit the crime. (TMZ)
My client, Chris Young, is serving life w/o parole for low-level role in a drug case. The unspeakable cruelty of Chris being set to NEVER breathe air as a free man again epitomizes a failed system thriving off human misery. Unacceptable. @BuriedAliveProj https://t.co/RKFD7DX6oH
— Brittany K. Barnett (@MsBKB) June 26, 2018
This week, Kim appeared on the “Wrongful Conviction” podcast to discuss her support for Chris Young.
“Yesterday, I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case – got life,” she said on the podcast. “It’s so unfair. He’s 30 years old. He’s been in for almost 10 years. … I was on the phone with the judge that sentenced him to life.” (“Wrongful Conviction”)
#KimKardashian: “I didn’t know anything going into this and I still dint know everything (…) but I know that I have a voice and I’m happy to use it”. 🎧👉🏼https://t.co/N3Cqfc6AUU
Listen to @KimKardashian & @itsjasonflom candid talk on the latest episode of #WrongfulConviction pic.twitter.com/MJPDAiM6yw
— Wrongful Conviction (@WrongConviction) September 5, 2018
According to reports, Young received his life sentence in 2014 as a result of having two prior drug-dealing convictions.
Young was charged in December 2010, one of 32 people — including some gang members — who federal prosecutors said were involved in drug trafficking in Clarksville, Tennessee. Court documents say federal agents believed Young was buying crack cocaine from a leader of the ring at a gas station. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine and other counts. Young had two prior drug-dealing convictions, and his new charges triggered the federal “three strikes” law requiring a mandatory life term if found guilty. (USA Today)
Earlier this year, Kim made headlines after urging President Trump to pardon 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson from a life sentence.
After Trump granted clemency to Johnson and she was released on June 6 after serving 22 years. Kardashian personally called her to tell her the news and the two women later reunited for an emotional joint interview with Hoda Kotb on the Today show. “I love this woman,” Kardashian told Kotb while holding Johnson close. “I mean, I already knew just by talking to you on the phone and just seeing you in videos, but I mean, you are everything and more than I ever thought.” (ET Online)