By Terry Shropshire
Kim Kardashian West, who has until now been known mostly famous for porn tapes, naked photos and plastic surgery, has been undergoing a metamorphosis of her image.
The reality TV mogul and key component of the 10-year-old blockbuster series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has been secretly financing operations that have led to securing the freedom of a large group of prison inmates who were serving life sentences for low-level drug convictions.
Kardashian’s money has helped legal advocates and justice reform proponents secure the freedom of 17 prisoners in the last 90 days, TMZ has learned. All of the former inmates were serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.
The operation is called the “90 Days of Freedom” campaign and was launched by Kardashian’s personal attorney, Brittany K. Barnett. She has teamed up with lawyer MiAngel Cody of The Decarceration Collective. This is all part of the First Step Act, which Kardashian convinced the president to sign in 2018. The First Step Act works to release prisoners who were serving exorbitantly-long prison sentences that were out of proportion to the crimes committed.
Here are a few examples of the folks the “90 Days of Freedom” program has been able to free, according to TMZ:
- Jamelle Carraway, is free and living in Chicago after serving 11 years of a life sentence for cocaine possession;
- Eric Balcom is in Florida for the first time in 16 years.
- Terrence Byrd, 50, is now free after serving half of his life in prison.
According to the publication, Kardashian and the lawyers she’s teamed up with have several more cases they are working on.