Why Kim Kardashian Is Promising to Help Ex-Prisoners

Kim Kardashian is known for selfies and contouring, but lately, a much more serious side of her has become known. As part of her work to become a lawyer, Kardashian has been working tirelessly to help some of our country’s most forgotten people– prisoners.

She has already helped the release of some from unfair sentences. Now, she’s doing even more to help them return to a normal life, once they’re out. Why is she doing this? If you don’t know Kardashian very well, the answer may surprise you. 

Kim Kardashian at The White House
Kim Kardashian at the White House | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian partnered with Lyft to promote hiring ex-prisoners

During a recent trip to the White House to meet the president, Donald Trump, Kardashian announced a partnership with the rideshare giant, Lyft. The arrangement will help ex-prisoners find jobs. They would do this by giving them free rides, provided by Lyft, to interviews. Rides could begin as early as July 19 and will benefit up to 5,000 ex-prisoners. 

Many ex-prisoners struggle to integrate back into society after release. This problem is only compounded by the stigma they face in the job marketplace.

When an ex-prisoner is not able to find employment, their chances of reoffending increase, because they’re not able to support themselves. For many, rejection by employers also breaks down an already fragile sense of self-worth.

By helping to support these people finding jobs, Kardashian hopes to increase their chances of employment. And thus, their contribution to the community. 

Kim Kardashian helped free Alice Johnson

The partnership with Lyft isn’t the first time Kardashian has helped prisoners. In May of this year, Kardashian made her first trip to the White House, where she spoke with Trump about Alice Johnson. A woman that was arrested for cocaine possession in 1993. Sadly, Johnson was serving a life sentence for a first-time offense.

About the case, and why she became involved in drugs, Johnson said in an online petition for her release, “I couldn’t find a job fast enough to take care of my family. I felt like a failure. I went to a complete panic and out of desperation, I made one of the worst decisions in my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy.”

Kardashian became aware of Johnson’s case and convinced Trump to grant her clemency. Johnson was released from prison on June 6, after serving 21 years. A grateful Johnson wrote to Kardashian, saying her efforts were “literally helping to save my life. I was drowning, and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope.” 

Johnson isn’t the only prisoner Kardashian has helped. She also helped free 17 other inmates, in 90 days. 

Why does Kim Kardashian want to help prisoners?

An episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians helped to shine a light on Kardashian’s reasons for wanting to help prisoners. During a discussion with her mom, Kris Jenner, on the show, Kardashian said, “I told my dad years ago that I was really into criminal justice and he was like, ‘This will stress you out so much. You do not really want to take this on.’ But I think now, having gotten so deep in helping Alice, I’m really motivated to get to know the law more and fight for people that deserve a second chance, like her.”

In the same scene, Kardashian reads letters from people seeking her help. She expresses her goals and commitment to the cause. It’s obvious that although the letters are a little overwhelming, they really make Kardashian feel good.

The fact that she’s able to help people that are not in a very good position to help themselves, really motivates, and gives her a sense of self-worth. Kardashian’s sisters have expressed many times that she is a very caring person, that listens willingly, and doesn’t judge. 

Sometimes it’s easy to think that because someone enjoys the spotlight, or focuses on beauty, that’s all there is to them. But it’s obvious, in the case of Kardashian, that there’s a very sweet, caring person inside, that wants to use her position to help others.