Kim Kardashian talks justice on second White House visit

News Desk | Agence France-Presse | Washington, United States

Jakarta, posted: Thu, September 6, 2018 | 06:02 pm

TV personality Kim Kardashian is seen entering the grounds of the White House on May 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

Kim Kardashian on Wednesday made her second visit to the White House this year to talk criminal justice, months after she successfully appealed for the release of a great-grandmother convicted of cocaine trafficking.

The reality TV star was one of around 50 people, including US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, set to discuss the clemency process, the White House said in a statement.

"The discussion is mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review," deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said.

Kardashian, 37, has championed criminal justice reform in recent months.

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Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of former president Barack Obama's administration, but he failed to win congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.

Trump, meanwhile, has advocated a more hardline approach to criminal justice.

However, during her first White House visit in May, Kardashian met the president and called for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who served over 20 years for a nonviolent drug offense. 

Days later, the White House said Trump had commuted Johnson's sentence.

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