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Jared’s Prison Reform Efforts Have An Unlikely Fan — Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian West, who has lobbied White House senior advisor/son-in-law Jared Kushner to pardon a great-grandmother who is serving a life sentence, praised Kushner’s prison reform efforts, Newsweek reported.

“I’ve been in communication with the White House and trying to bring her case to the president’s desk and figure out how we can get her out. Jared Kushner, who I have spoken to, has been really working on criminal justice reform bills,” the reality star told Mic on Wednesday.

Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old black woman from Mississippi, was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for her a first-time, non-violent drug conviction. Her only possibility of release would be a presidential pardon.

Kardashian West has publicly advocated for Johnson and brought on her personal attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, to help with the case. Chapman Holley worked alongside Kardashian West’s father Robert Kardashian as the attorneys represented O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder case.

Kushner, who has advocated for prison sentencing reform since moving to Washington, also has familial ties with the cause. His father served 14 months in federal prison for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. Kushner has reportedly been working to pass a bipartisan bill reforming prison sentencing and training programs.

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