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Kim Kardashian Set to Release New Documetary Chronicling Her Efforts Against Mass Incarceration

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By Zachary Holt

Kim Kardashian, known more for her extravagant lifestyle and appearances on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, has her hand in a lot of different endeavors. For one, she's an entrepreneur and business owner for her brands that include KKW Beauty, KKW Fragrance, and most recently, Skims.

Kardashian has also been pursuing a legal career, where she's been working as a paralegal and studying law. In California, people are eligible to take the Bar after so many years working in a firm. This seems to be the path that the mother of four is pursuing. While she's been doing this, she's also made it a point to fight the injustices of people who are unfairly incarcerated. To chronicle her experiences, she has executively produced a documentary that follows her through this journey.

'There Is A Mass Incarceration Problem in the United States'

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The documentary titled 'Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project', which is set to air on Oxygen in April, recently dropped their trailer, providing a glimpse of what to expect from the film. In the trailer, Kardashian West states, "There is a mass incarceration problem in the United States," sharing the main premise of the documentary.

The film, which lasts two hours, follows the cases of Dawn Jackson, Alexis Martin, Momolu Stewart and, David Sheppard, all prisoners who she believes have been unfairly put into prison. Throughout the documentary, Kardashian West speaks with friends and family of the inmates, as well as, public officials, and lawyers, all while trying to obtain information that can lead to each of their releases.

Kardashian West Provides a Statement on the Documentary

Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project

The makeup mogul released a formal statement on the documentary and what it's truly about for her. "I partnered with Oxygen to do the ‘Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project’ documentary because there are millions of people impacted by this broken justice system, and I wanted to put faces to these numbers and statistics," she began.

"There are a lot of people who deserve a second chance, but many do not have the resources to make it happen. I want to help elevate these cases to a national level to effect change, and this documentary is an honest depiction of me learning about the system and helping bring tangible results to justice reform."

Alice Marie Johnson Set to Appear in the Documentary

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The documentary also features Alice Marie Johnson, the prisoner that Kardashian West was able to help get released from prison after serving twenty-one years in a federal corrections facility. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison after being a prominent member of a Memphis cocaine trafficking ring.

To Kardashian West and others vying for clemency to be granted, the sentence that she was charged with didn't match the crime, somthing the Skims owner thinks is applicable to a majority of African-Americans that are currently incarcerated.

The Potential Implications of Raising Awareness on Mass Incarceration

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While the documentary is sure to cause some controversy, Kardashian West is hoping that this raises awareness for an ongoing social injustice within the United States prison system. However, people are beginning to come around as it pertains to the 'War on Drugs' which levied massively excessive charges and sentencing on people that are involved in non-violent crimes. If this film is able to get across to people, there may be many others who are afforded a second chance in life.

The documentary is set to appear on Sunday, April 5th on the Oxygen network.

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