Donald Trump has reportedly invited Kim Kardashian to the White House to discuss prison reform.
Kim Kardashian is campaigning for the release of a 62-year-old (Picture: Getty)
Yes, you heard that right. The reality TV star – Kim, not Donald – has been busy campaigning for the release of a 62-year-old grandmother, who was jailed 21 years ago.
Kim’s campaign to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson has gained so much momentum she’s actually managed to convince Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and senior adviser to the president, to invite her over to discuss it, Vanity Fair reports.
Johnson was jailed for a first time, nonviolent drug offence in 1997, and is still serving a life sentence at Aliceville Correctional Facility, in Alabama. At the time, The Tennessean reported that Johnson led a ‘multimillion-dollar drug ring that dealt in tons of cocaine from 1991-94’.
Kim is lobbying Trump to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson
She was one of thousands of first time, nonviolent offenders given long mandatory prison terms, and she will reportedly die in prison unless granted clemency. Writing in the CNN in 2016, Johnson admitted she ‘made the biggest mistake’ of her life to ‘make ends meet’.
‘This was a road I never dreamed of venturing down,’ she wrote. ‘I became what is called a telephone mule, passing messages between the distributors and sellers. ‘I participated in a drug conspiracy and I was wrong.’ It also appears that Kim and Kushner have a shared interest in prison reform.
Jared Kushner is senior adviser to President Donald Trump, and also happens to be his son-in-law (Picture: AP)
Kushner has pushed Congress towards his first legislative breakthrough, with his prison reform bill, the First Step Act. It aims to prepare prisoners entering society after incarceration, with job-training and drug-treatment courses.
Non-violent offenders could also serve the ends of their sentences in halfway homes under the new bill. Kushner’s own father Charles was jailed in 2005 for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions.