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Kim Kardashian West: Celebrity, Influencer, and Justice Reform Advocator

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By madysonshaye

Kim Kardashian West might actually be one of the most famous names in the world, with consistent media traffic following her day to day life and 160 million followers.

Star of her families hit television show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, influencer who is reportedly worth over $300 million, and a mother to her four children, Kim Kardashian has her hands full, but this doesn't stop her from wanting to make the world a better place, specifically focusing on prison reform.

It Started With Cyntoia Brown

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Due to a viral tweet, Kim Kardashian West got word of Cynthia Brown's case. For those that aren't familiar, Brown had been serving a 60 year sentence for the murder of a man who was sexually assaulting her.

After he got violent during a paid exchange between 16-year-old Cynthia Brown and 43-year-old Johnny Mitchell Allen, Brown took matters into her own hands, ultimately resulting in his death.

Brown, now 29, was not given the option to ever face the parole board.

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Kim Kardashian West made a promise on the popular social media site that she would do what she could to help Cynthia Brown. The tweets went viral, other celebrities including Alyssa Milano shared the story with outrage over this situation. West was destined to do more.

She kept her word, and Kardashian's lawyer, Shawn Holley, got in touch with Brown. Three months later, Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency thanks to the power of social media, celebrity attention, and truly what having some money can do.

Making Changes

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Cyntoia Brown's case and Kim Kardashian West's influence has already gone as far as changing the law in Tennessee, where this took place.

Now, anybody under the age of 18 can not be charged with the crime of prostitution, and instead it will automatically be handled as a child sex trafficking case.

“Thank you Governor Haslam,” Kardashian West tweeted right after news of Brown's clemency decision was finalized, which was followed by more high-profile responses from former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, actresses Alyssa Milano and Viola Davis.

Law School for West

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Next on her already ridiculously long list of things to do, West added Law School. The real-life Elle Woods is getting a degree in the subject in order to continue her passion towards justice reform.

She specifically is focusing on the number of minorities facing sentences in our prison system. As a mother to four mixed-race children, this hits her at home.

“Just to think that I’m raising four black kids and two sons I want to see a different system for my kids and their friends and their kids, it’s really insane,” Kardashian expressed.

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