The amazing news was announced yesterday that Cyntoia Brown was being granted clemency in Tennessee after spending 15 years in prison. Among the many ecstatic over the news was Kim Kardashian, who has been working on prison reform since last year. Most famously, the reality star got President Trump to grant Alice Johnson clemency in June, after the grandmother was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent crime.
?????? Thank you Governor Haslam ?????? https://t.co/rAiru84fgn— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 7, 2019
"Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16. Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life," Governor Haslam said of the clemency.
In Nov. 2017, Kim learned about Cyntoia’s case and posted on Twitter about the unjust situation. Kim wrote, “We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this.”
The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown pic.twitter.com/73y26mLp7u— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 21, 2017
While Kim and her team celebrate Cyntoia's clemency, they continue to receive a massive amount of letters—reportedly 1,000 per day—in which prisoners beg to help them find freedom.
From all this work, Kim gained something that she never thought she would: a nickname in the prison system. According to TMZ, both staffers and inmates refer to KKW as “The Princess of Prison Reform.”
We're sure Kim is proud of the hard work she and many others are doing to help imprisoned people in need. We hope she continues with this path.