Kim Kardashian West thanks Ivanka Trump for support on criminal justice reform


The 38-year-old reality star joined President Trump at a press conference to speak about the Second Chance hiring and reentry event on Thursday (June 13) in Washington, DC.

The KKW beauty founder also introduced a ride-share programme that will provide former prisoners with gift cards to use for transportation to job interviews, work and to visit family.

"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", Kim said. "I am so excited to announce some exciting things", Kardashian said in a video on social media. "I knew her father and I know she has good genes".

The White House has since been working with various companies, advocacy groups and federal agencies to try to give prisoners released early the tools and jobs they need to successfully adjust to life outside prison so they don't wind up behind bars again.

Reality star and activist Kim Kardashian West is returning to the White House for an event promoting efforts to help those leaving prison return to the workforce.

"I just wanted to thank the president for standing behind this issue", she said, turning toward Trump who was looking on beside her.

When taking to the stage, Kim said that it was an honour for her to be there.

"She's going to be one of the most successful lawyers, I hate to tell all my lawyers back there", Trump said of Kardashian.

Kardashian West has been to the White House several times to discuss criminal justice reform issues and successfully lobbied Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving life without parole for drug offences.

Since the passage of the First Step Act in December, I've been speaking with people coming home from prison and learning about the challenges they are facing.

Young is serving a life sentence on nonviolent drug charges, but recently, the judge in his case, Kevin Sharp, wrote a letter to Trump arguing that Young only played a minor role in the drug conspiracy and that the mandatory sentencing laws that determined his sentence was out of proportion with the crime. "I'm honored to be a part of the announcement that the administration and the private sector are stepping up to create opportunities for those men and women to success once home", she added.