Kim Kardashian West is thanking President Donald Trump for his compassion and work towards reforming the criminal justice system in the United States.
Unveiling the administration’s new “Second Chance” program on Thursday at the White House, which aims to help formerly incarcerated Americans re-enter society, the reality star-turned-advocate gave the president a round of applause for continuing to address the issue.
“I just want to thank the president for really standing behind this issue,” she said. “And seeing the compassion that he’s had for criminal justice has been really remarkable.”
“It really does mean a lot to the people that I’ve had the pleasure to speak to,” she added.
The Trump administration is doing its part in participating in the Second Chance program by promoting second chance hiring for those leaving prison. A number of executive agencies are helping in the following ways, according to the White House:
- The Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons is launching a new “Ready to Work Initiative” to connect employers directly with former prisoners.
- The Department of Labor is awarding more than $2 million to States to support fidelity bonds that will underwrite companies that hire workers with criminal backgrounds.
- The Department of Education is expanding an initiative that allows individuals in prison to receive Pell Grants to better prepare themselves for the workforce.
- The Office of Personnel Management is working to make USAJOBS – the Federal Government’s job listings – available to individuals in Federal prison and upon release.
The administration will also be working with the private sector and non-profits to ensure that former prisoners are truly given a second chance, including initiatives like rideshare partnerships allowing them to get to and from job interviews.
“Second chance hiring builds on the success of the historic First Step Act signed into law by President Trump in December 2018,” the White House explained.
As IJR Red reported, President Trump received bipartisan applause after signing the First Step Act into law, a comprehensive criminal justice reform measure that reduced sentences for nonviolent crimes and launched programs to reduce recidivism, with some members of Congress calling it a “Christmas miracle.”
Kardashian West’s criminal justice journey began when she visited the White House to ask the president to commute the sentence of Alice Johnson, a first-time drug offender who was serving a life sentence. After Johnson’s release from prison, the celebrity decided to undergo training to become a lawyer.