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Kardashian supports prisoner rehab effort


Kim Kardashian West, who is among the celebrities who have advocated for criminal justice reform, speaks about second chance hiring in the East Room of the White House, Thursday June 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Reality star-turned-criminal justice reform advocate Kim Kardashian West has returned to the White House to help US President Donald Trump promote efforts to help those leaving prison get jobs and stay on track.

Kardashian West announced the creation of a new ride-sharing partnership that will give former prisoners gift cards to help them get to and from job interviews, work and family events.

"Everyone wants the community to be safe, and the more opportunity we have and that they have and the support that we help give them, the safer everyone will be," said Kardashian West.

Kardashian West became involved with the issue after learning about Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who was serving a life sentence without parole for drug offences. She successfully lobbied Mr.Trump to grant Johnson clemency.

The President signed the First Step Act into law late last year.

The bill - a rare bipartisan victory- included measures to reduce the sentences of thousands of prisoners and expand job training programs to decrease recidivism rates.

More than 1,000 federal inmates have had their sentences reduced thanks to the legislation, according to a recent report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission this month.

The White House has since been working with various companies, advocacy groups and federal agencies to give prisoners released early the tools and jobs they need to adjust to life outside prison so they don't wind up behind bars again.

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