Kim Kardashian has long been an advocate for criminal justice reform, and yesterday she attended an event at the White House to discuss the efforts being made for formerly incarcerated people. Looking particularly polished in a green power suit and her hair styled in a sleek bob, the entertainer-turned-entrepreneur spoke to guests in the East Room, including the President and cabinet members, about her new ride-sharing partnership with Lyft.
The plan is to give former prisoners, those who have severed their sentences, gift cards so that they can travel to and from job interviews. “Everyone wants the community to be safe, and the more opportunity we have and that they have and the support that we help give them, the safer everyone will be,” Kim said to the crowd.
She added: “These people want to work. They want the best outcome. And I’m so happy to be here today amongst people who want the same thing, and really believe in supporting reentry.”
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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️
“My whole journey with criminal justice reform started about a year ago when I came to see the president after speaking to Ivanka and Jared who really fought for me to get here and I pled the case of Alice Johnson who the president granted clemency to,” Kim explained. Later, she also helped Matthew Charles transition out of custody after serving his sentence.
She went on to recall how she began spending time at different prisons, meeting inmates and learning more about their stories and struggles. “I’m at the place in my life that I wanted to make a difference and just wanted to do the right thing, but I didn’t know how or what to do or even really what was going on,” she said.
In April, Kim announced via an interview with Vogue that she was studying to take California bar exam in 2022. She is currently participating in a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco and preparing for a mini version of the larger bar exam.
Kim’s latest partnership with Lyft is a good step in breaking the cycle of recidivism and further proves that she is not only dedicated to pursuing a law degree, but also committed to social reform. “I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals,” Kim said in response to the backlash she received after announcing she wanted to become a lawyer.
You can listen to Kim’s full remarks at the White House below.