Kim Kardashian Working on Prison Reform Again

Kim Kardashian is working to get another prisoner who is serving a life sentence over marijuana. Should all people in prison with minor drug charges be freed in states where it is now considered legal?

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Kim Kardashian is using her celebrity status for good, as she continues her work on criminal justice reform. According to CNN, she recently confirmed she is working on a new case when she appeared on the podcast, “Wrongful Conviction.” In an episode, she shared that she is working on the case of Chris Young, who received life in prison on drug charges after receiving three strikes.

“Yesterday, I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case — got life,” she said. “It’s so unfair. He’s 30 years old; he’s been in for almost 10 years,” she shared on the podcast.

Young had prior convictions for marijuana possession and marijuana with less than half a gram of cocaine possession that resulted in three strikes and a life sentence, Kardashian West said. She also shared that Young suffers from sickle cell anemia and has been in a medical facility receiving treatment but will soon be returned to a maximum-security facility.

“It’s scary when you have a minor drug charge, but then you get life and you’re stuck in this crazy maximum-security prison with murderers and people like that,” she said. “It’s a completely different environment than the environment that he’s so used to.”

In this new case, she has the judge who sentenced Young on her side. Kim says that the judge resigned because he felt wrong for the sentence he was forced to give, and now wants to make things right.

“I was on the phone with the judge that sentenced him to life, who resigned because he had never been on the side of having to do something so unfair and now he is fighting with us to get (Young) out,” she said. “It gave me such hope. It was a mandatory sentence that he had to deliver and (the judge) knew it was so wrong.”

Back in April of 2017, The Tennessean interviewed former US District Judge Kevin H. Sharp. In the published interview, Sharp discussed the case and why he stepped down from the bench. “Each defendant is supposed to be treated as an individual,” Sharp said at the sentencing hearing in 2014. “I don’t think that’s happening here.”

Sharp goes on to explain the duties that come with wearing the black robe and gavel, and among those are following the United States laws no matter what your own personal opinion is. As a federal judge, he had to impose mandatory minimum terms, which in Young’s case, a repeated drug offender, meant a life sentence. Sharp admitted in the interview back in 2017, that he still thinks of Young, as he embarks on starting a new job.

“If there was any way I could have not given him life in prison I would have done it,” he said. “What they did was wrong, they deserved some time in prison, but not life.”

Kardashian West, who is hoping to get a presidential pardon for Young, told host Jason Flom of “Wrongful Conviction,” that she is learning as she goes in regard to the criminal justice system.

Back in June, Kardashian West was able to get President Trump to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, a week after she pleaded her case during an Oval Office meeting with the president. Johnson, who is now 62, served 21 years in prison. She was convicted in 1996 for conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine and spent a third of her life in prison, according to CNN.

Kardashian West knows she can’t help everyone but says she often speaks with the White House, most notably Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, to work on reform. “He is really passionate about changing some of these laws and getting a lot of bills passed,” she said. “Hopefully some things will get passed. I’m hopeful.”

Whether Kardashian West will be able to get the President to pardon or commute Young’s sentence, is unsure at this moment. With the legalization of Marijuana in many states, people are questioning the validity of those charges. Should people in prison serving minor drug sentences regarding Marijuana be freed, from states where it is now legal?

Decriminalization of Marijuana came into effect on January 1, 2018, after voters passed Proposition 64 in November 2016. It may be legal in your state, but there are restrictions to keep in mind. Technically, you just need a valid government-issued ID to show you are 21 or over, and you can go to a dispensary and purchase marijuana. However, regulations still vary city to city, and they each have the right to develop their own rules around cultivation, distribution, and sales.

With that said, charges can vary from inmate to inmate, making it more complicated. Not to mention, some repeated drug offenders, are carrying charges from substances other than Marijuana. Just like in this case, Young carries a conviction for possession of cocaine, which Johnson also did.

Some don’t consider the minor drug charges a crime anymore, while others think the charges should still stand. The law, which just went into effect, can complicate things and divide many people’s views. It leaves many questioning the sentences and the validity of them. What side do you fall on? Read the full story on CNN here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Kim Kardashian is working to get another prisoner who is serving a life sentence over marijuana. Should all people in prison with minor drug charges be freed in states where it is now considered legal?

73% Not a crime anymore
27% No, charges still stand
71% Not a crime anymore
29% No, charges still stand
77% Not a crime anymore
23% No, charges still stand

Not a crime anymore

No, charges still stand

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