Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian West did something remarkable: she helped pardon Alice Marie Johnson, an imprisoned Alabama woman serving life in prison since 1997 for a first-time offense of drug conspiracy charges and money laundering. Kim Kardashian was inspired and moved by this story when she first heard about it via social media late last year, and the reality TV mogul made it a personal project to regain this woman's freedom through a pardon she helped receive from President Donald Trump. And now that Kim Kardashian West has saved this woman from spending her remaining days locked behind bars, the television personality may be at it again. At the moment, Kim Kardashian is fighting to get another non-violent drug offender pardoned, hoping to find the same success the TV star had in regaining Johnson's freedom. This time it's Chris Young, a man serving a life sentence in prison since 2010 for weed and cocaine possession. Here's what Kim said.
When I was talking to Chris Young, who's in prison [and] has sickle cell anemia... So, he's had to have a few surgeries and he's been in a medical facility for a few years, and he goes back into the maximum-security prison where lifers have to go. And he's had a perfect record.... He was saying, 'I can stay out of trouble in here, but going in there there's stabbings, there's this. And if you're near that you can get in trouble so easily. He just didn't want to get caught up in a situation that had nothing to do with him, but could very much have. It's scary when you have a minor drug charge but then you get life and you're stuck in this crazy maximum-security prison with murderers and people [like that]. It's a completely different environment than the environment that he's so used to.
This quote came during Kim Kardashian West's recent appearance on the podcast Wrongful Conviction (via Entertainment Tonight). The episode, which is expected to air later today, was one of the first times she discussed what her next step would be following the successful pardoning of Alice Marie Johnson. Kardashian admitted in interviews that she had plans to pursue other incidents of legal injustice but she never mentioned any particular case, until now.
With her sights set, Kim Kardashian West is going to use her public profile and public standing with the President of the United States to try to strike gold twice. Whether or not the celebrity is successful is something that will need to be determined in the weeks to come. As it stands, though, Kim Kardashian West is certainly eager to give it another try.
Chris Young was brought to Kim Kardashian West's attention thanks to Brittany Barnett, the co-founder of Buried Alive Project. Kim Kardashian admits in the recorded conversation that she is working on this case, as well as the case of other individuals, in her effort to fix past injustices in the legal system. This is an instance where Kim Kardashian West is hoping to use her platform to help people in need and to give them their freedom back, and that's certainly a worthwhile case. We'll be sure to keep you posted on the newest developments with Kim Kardashian West and more right here at CinemaBlend.