Kim Kardashian Attends White House, Announces Initiative To Help Inmates Get Jobs

Kim Kardashian announces ride-sharing partnership for former inmates at White House event

Kim Kardashian announces ride-sharing partnership for former inmates at White House event

When Trump introduced her, she got a standing ovation.

"It's really is such an honor to be here", she said, describing how she had gotten involved advocating for former inmates after making numerous visits to prisons.

Prior to meeting with Trump last spring, Kardashian was in regular contact with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner regarding their efforts to help pass the First Step Act, which pitched an overhaul of the criminal justice system and was signed into law by Trump in December.

"After [the meeting] I really spent so much time going to different prisons, because I really had no connection to anybody on the inside", Kardashian said at Thursday's event.

"She's going to be one of the most successful lawyers, I hate to tell all my lawyers back there", Trump said of Kardashian.

Neither Trump nor Kardashian clarified which ride-share companies would be participating in the voucher program.

Kardashian West successfully lobbied Trump to grant Johnson clemency and has been studying law under the tutelage of attorneys Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney of the bipartisan criminal justice reform group #cut50 ever since.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has since registered with the California State Bar to study law to become a fully-fledged lawyer. "I'm at the place in my life where I wanted to make a difference and wanted to do the right thing".

Kardashian announced the creation of the ride-share partnership that she said will provide formerly incarcerated individuals with gift cards to help them get transportation to and from job interviews and work.

Kardashian spoke after several men in prison spoke about how the program had helped them since getting out of prison.

At the event, Kardashian offered brief remarks alongside President Donald Trump. Shortly after Kardashian West's meeting with the president about Johnson, the president commuted the grandmother's sentence.

TMZ reports that Kim's speech at the White House had her announcing a rideshare partnership that will give former inmates free rides to job interviews.

Young is serving a life sentence on nonviolent drug charges, but recently, the judge in his case, Kevin Sharp, wrote a letter to Trump arguing that Young only played a minor role in the drug conspiracy and that the mandatory sentencing laws that determined his sentence was out of proportion with the crime.

Following the announcement, Kardashian thanked Trump and said witnessing "the compassion that he's had for criminal justice has been really remarkable".

"I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society".