Kim Kardashian West and Lyft Help Formerly Incarcerated People Find Jobs
|thenorthstar||Jun 21, 2019|
p> Kim Kardashian West is helping formerly incarcerated people get a second chance of freedom with her latest initiative.On June 13, the ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ reality TV star appeared at The White House to speak at a criminal justice reform event. During her speech, she noted that she would be partnering with a ride-sharing app to provide formerly incarcerated people with gift cards so they can get to and from job interviews, according to a video from ABC News.
“Whether it’s housing or the amount of letters that I get with people just needing transportation to job interviews, to jobs — these people want to work. They want the best outcome. And I’m so happy to be here today amongst people that want the same thing and that really believe in supporting their reentry,” Kardashian West said standing alongside President Donald Trump.
“So I’m so happy to announce today that we have a rideshare partnership where formerly incarcerated people will be gifted gift cards so that they can get rides to and from job interviews, to and from jobs, family members, and that is so important — so needed.”
Following her speech at The White House, the 38-year-old television star announced on Twitter that Lyft would be helping with the initiative.“Proud to partner on this initiative with @Lyft, a company with a history of taking bold action to do what’s right for our community. Thank you for providing rideshare credits to [formerly] incarcerated people when they come home,” Kardashian West wrote on Twitter.
The North Star has reached out to Lyft for comment on the partnership with Kardashian West but did not hear back in time for publication.Kardashian West has been involved in criminal justice reform for the last year. In May, she visited the San Quentin State Prison in California to meet Kevin Cooper, who has been sentenced to death row after he was convicted of killing the Ryen family and 11-year-old Christopher Hughes in 1983. Cooper, who is now 61-years-old, has maintained his innocence since being convicted of the crime, the Los Angeles Times previously reported.
“I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin’s death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted,” Kardashian West previously tweeted, along with a photo of her and Cooper standing next to each other.“I am hopeful that Kevin will be exonerated since DNA testing has now been ordered on Kevin’s case and I remain grateful to Governor [Gavin] Newsom for ending capital punishment in California,” she wrote in a second tweet.
Kardashian West had tweeted at then California Governor Jerry Brown in October to investigate Cooper’s case after the 61-year-old said he was framed for the murders, NBC News previously reported. Brown ordered DNA tests on a shirt, towel and hatchet in connection to the murders in December before leaving office and state Governor Gavin Newsom then ordered additional testing on a hair, fingernail scrapings, a button, and blood from the victims, according to the publication.In addition to meeting with incarcerated people, Kardashian West also partnered with the 90 Days of Freedom campaign back in May to commute the life sentences of 17 incarcerated people who are serving time in prison for nonviolent drug offenses in only 90 days, CNN previously reported.
Last year, Kardashian West met with Trump to urge him to commute the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who was incarcerated for a nonviolent drug offense, NBC News previously reported. In June 2018, Trump granted a commutation to 63-year-old Johnson.“Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades,” the White House said in a statement at the time. “While this administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance.”
Kardashian West announced in an interview with Vogue magazine in May that she is in the process of studying to become a lawyer and will take the California bar exam in 2022.
About the Author
Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.