It would be a true crime to not tune into Kim Kardashian-West: The Justice Project, which shows the reality star in a completely different light
By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer
Kim Kardashian-West is best known for shooting to fame on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and now she has a cosmetics line and a shapewear brand. She’s a household name, as is her other half, rapper Kanye West. But she’s set out to prove that she’s actually a lot more than all of that.
Kim Kardashian-West: The Justice Project is a two-hour documentary that showcases another passion of hers – justice. It’s all in the name. When she first announced that she was going to study law, she was met with a lot of criticism and told to “stay in her lane”. But her response was perfect: “I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am.”
Before you watch the documentary, we answer all your burning questions below…
What’s the story so far?
Kardashian-West said she landed on the decision to pursue a legal career in 2018 and began a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in the United States in 2019. She hopes to become a lawyer in 2022, following in the footsteps of her late father Robert Kardashian, who was one of OJ Simpson’s defence attorneys during his murder trial in 1995. Her apprenticeship involves completing 18 hours of supervised study every week and shadowing two mentor lawyers, Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney (who both feature in the documentary).
Back in 2018, Kardashian-West successfully campaigned to have 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson released from jail, when President Donald Trump commuted her sentence. In 2017, Kardashian-West tweeted in support of Cyntoia Brown. Brown was jailed for life in 2006 at the age of 16 when she shot and killed a man who had solicited her for sex, claiming she feared for her life and acted in self-defence. She was later released. Kardashian-West is now studying to take the bar.
What has Kim Kardashian-West said about her career change?
The reality TV star told Vogue she had to think “long and hard” about the move. “I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I know more, I could do more,” she said.
What’s the documentary about?
Kardashian-West is passionate about prison reform for inmates who she believes were unfairly sentenced. The documentary charts her efforts to free these prisoners, who give first-hand accounts of how they ended up in jail. You’d need a heart of stone to not be moved by their stories.
“Doing the documentary, I wanted to pick very specific people – in a sex trafficking situation, in a murder – and really show people that once you maybe get to know their background and their history, you might soften up, too,” Kardashian-West told The New York Times. “And there’s a lot of people who are really deserving of these second chances.”
Who are the prisoners in the documentary?
The documentary features four inmates: Dawn Jackson, Alexis Martin, Momolu Stewart and David Sheppard. They’re all attempting to get an early release for various reasons.
After word got out that Kardashian-West helped Johnson get released from jail, prisoners, their family members and even their lawyers started writing her letters. She receives hundreds of letters a month and says she reads them all. A letter detailing Jackson’s story can be seen in the documentary.
Jackson was sentenced to 30 years in prison after murdering her step-grandfather, supposedly because he didn’t give her money. In the documentary, Jackson reveals that he molested her as a child and tried to rape her on that day, so she stabbed him. Kardashian-West argues she’s no longer a threat to society and should be released.
Have any of them been released from prison?
Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out…
When is Sky Crime’s Kim Kardashian-West: The Justice Project on TV?
Kim Kardashian-West: The Justice Project is available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Crime.
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