Kim K Has Been Working Under The Radar To Help Free 17 People In Prison

In 2018, Kim Kardashian West made headlines when she successfully lobbied for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, who had served more than 20 years for a first-time drug offense. As it turns out, Kardashian’s efforts at criminal justice reform have been even more expansive and successful than previously reported: According to TMZ, Kardashian West’s prison reform work has helped free 17 inmates over the course of 90 days, all of whom were in prison for low-level drug offenses. A publicist for Kardashian West confirmed TMZ’s report to Bustle.

It’s been a collaborative effort between Kardashian West, her lawyer Brittany K. Barnett, and attorney MiAngel Cody of The Decarceration Collective, TMZ reports. Cody told CNN that Kardashian West has been funding the legal work, which is part of the Decarceration Collective’s "90 Days To Freedom" campaign. Barnett added that it wouldn’t have been possible without Kardashian West’s financial assistance.

In addition, Cody said, Kardashian West has helped reunite some of the freed inmates with their families after their release.

"When people get out of prison, they might be incarcerated hundreds of miles from their families and they might need help getting home. Really important, critical things that people might not realize — and those are things Kim is helping with as well," Cody told CNN.

It was already known that Kardashian West helped secure the release of Johnson, Jeffrey Stringer, and Cyntoia Brown. However, TMZ reports that she’s also successfully advocated for the release of Jamelle Carraway, who was in prison for 11 years for crack cocaine possession; Eric Balcom, who served 16 years of a life sentence for a drug conviction; and Terrence Byrd, who was in prison for 25 years on a possession charge.

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Monica Busch contributed to this report.

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