When Kim Kardashian West first announced she registered for the California State Bar a year ago to pursue law last April, she was a met with widespread disbelief that she would be able to balance being a student with her responsibilities as a mom, entrepreneur, and reality television star. Yet, in only two years, Kardashian West has already proved that not only can she manage but also thrive in each of her respective roles. Soon after committing to her studies, Kardashian West became an active advocate for prison reform, met with US President Donald Trump to discuss changes for the incarceration system and the length of sentencing, and helped free almost 20 wrongfully imprisoned inmates in 90 days. Now, the beauty mogul cum legal student is releasing a documentary to champion criminal justice reform and share the experiences of those affected by the cause.
“The official trailer for my new documentary is here! Criminal justice reform is something that’s so important to me, and I can’t wait to share these stories with all of you,” captioned Kardashian West on her Instagram post of the Oxygen documentary trailer she is both starring in and executive producing.
Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project, premiering on April 5, shines a two-hour spotlight on the real experiences imprisoned Americans and their families are facing to promote social, legislative, and systematic change in the nation often nicknamed “land of the free.”
Following in the footsteps of her late father and star attorney Robert Kardashian, Kardashian West plans to open her own firm upon successfully finishing the Bar and continue the fight for tangible progress in the justice system.
“There is a mass incarceration problem in the United States,” said Kardashian West in the trailer, yet that might be an understatement considering the statistics. Since 1970, the American incarceration population has increased a staggering 700% and although the US consists of 5% of the world’s population, it has almost 25% of the world’s prisoners, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. After receiving letters asking for help and “seeing something that I felt was not fair”, Kardashian West decided she couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. “I went into this knowing nothing and then my heart completely opened up…people deserve a second chance.”