Kim Kardashian Wants to Get Rid of the Death Penalty in California

Kim Kardashian has been interested in politics and the justice system for quite a few years now. Keeping Up With The Kardashians fans can tell you that between the episodes showcasing breakups, makeups, and family drama, Kim finds ways to show off her politics and interest in social change. In one episode, she put on an event for homeless women with the purpose of helping them to find jobs (the event included things like how to put a resume together, basic interview skills, and pampering). In another, she and her sisters took a field trip to Planned Parenthood. The visit focused on how the medical care center is more than an abortion clinic. The PP employees went over how they tend to a wide array of medical needs.

Kim Kardashian | Jared Siskin/amfAR/Getty Images
Kim Kardashian | Jared Siskin/amfAR/Getty Images

The Alice Marie Johnson story

In 2017, Kim became interested in the story of Alice Marie Johnson. She devoted much of her time and energy to freeing the woman after spending 22 years in prison for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. She was successful. Since that time, according to Kim, she’s “immersed [herself] in learning about the criminal justice system.”

Kim’s support for California Gov. Gavin Newsom   

“For the last year, I have immersed myself in learning about the criminal justice system. I visited prisons, met with formerly incarcerated people, and helped with cases of individual injustice – including two death penalty cases. I have met with and am very supportive of Governor Newsom and his decision to help bring an end to the California Death Penalty. Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system but especially when it comes to the death penalty. And we should not be okay with the risk that an innocent person could be executed. I hope we can turn toward better solutions that focus more on healing victims of trauma and prioritizing fairness and justice,” she posted on Instagram.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on capital punishment

What exactly is Kim supporting?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced a moratorium on capital punishment, which grants a temporary reprieve for 737 inmates on death row.

According to The New York Times, the executive order does three things:

“grants reprieves to the inmates currently on death row — they will still be under a death sentence, but not at risk of execution; closes the execution chamber at San Quentin prison; and withdraws the state’s lethal injection protocol, the formally approved procedure for carrying out executions.”

“I cannot sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings, knowing — knowing — that among them will be innocent human beings,” said Newsom.

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