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Kim Kardashian to visit White House to talk prison reform

Kim Kardashian West is reportedly expected to meet with White House officials on Wednesday to discuss prison reform.

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According to CNN and Vanity Fair, a source familiar with the plans said Kardashian will meet with senior adviser Jared Kushner, though it's unclear whether she will meet with President Donald Trump, whom husband Kanye West has recently praised on Twitter.

Kardashian, 37, supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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The reality TV star and beauty mogul has publicly advocated for a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, who has served more than 20 years in prison for a low-level drug offense, People reported.

Kardashian has been in talks with Kushner for several months regarding Johnson's sentence.

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Johnson also published a personal essay for CNN earlier this month, thanking the star and Kushner for "shin[ing] a spotlight on my case."

Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee approved the White House-backed First Step Act, which would expand prison programs and allow for more home confinement, CNN reported.

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"This proposed meeting is outrageous and makes clear that this administration does not deem prison reform a real priority," Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the nonprofit Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an emailed statement.

The nonpartisan committee first launched in 1963 amid the civil rights movement under former President John F. Kennedy in an effort to reduce racial tensions via volunteer citizen actions.

"Prison reform is a complex issue that requires expertise and knowledge of where some of the greatest racial disparities lie," Clarke wrote. "I am not aware that Ms. Kardashian West brings the requisite record of experience to tackle these issues on a national scale."


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Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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