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.”
“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.