As protests over the structurally outdated and critically problematic role of the US criminal justice system persist around the world, Kim Kardashian West‘s personal fight for change is far from over. The reality television star who has long vocalized the urgency of systemic change in prisons has partnered with Spotify to release an exclusive podcast about criminal justice reform. Investigating the legalities of convicted murderer Kevin Keith’s case whose death sentence was commuted when new evidence questioning his guilt surfaced, Kardashian West will co-host and co-produce the upcoming audio series alongside Emmy Award-nominated producer Lori Rothschild Ansaldi.
Ever since Kardashian West defied expectations and registered for the California State Bar back in 2018, the aspiring lawyer has actively led a growing list of social justice advocacy initiatives. Soon after committing to her studies, Kardashian West met with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss changes for the staggering mass incarceration issue in the States (a nation that holds 25% of the world’s prisoners) and helped free 17 wrongfully imprisoned inmates in 90 days. Pursuing that field of action, she also began working with the nonprofit organization Innocence Project, which aims to exonerate wrongly convicted prisoners and prevent future injustices through DNA testing.
In April, Kardashian West starred and executive produced a two-hour documentary on criminal justice reform in hopes that sharing real stories of those affected could produce tangible change to give more individuals “a second chance at life after prison”. Even under quarantine, Kardashian West refuses to sit on the sidelines of progress, speaking to a virtual Georgetown University class about prison reform and reduced sentencing with recently released men she had previously met when visiting a correctional facility in Washington D.C.
Planning to take the Bar exam in 2022 and follow in the footsteps of her late father and star attorney Robert Kardashian, Kardashian West revealed her dream to open her own practice and continue her fight for justice longterm during her Vogue Arabia cover star interview, conducted by none other than her husband Kanye West. “I’ve always been interested in law, in studying law,” shared Kardashian West. “As I started to become interested in criminal justice reform, I felt the urge to learn more so that I could do more. I knew that the only way I could help was if I was really educated on the laws and the system.”