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Kim Kardashian West Partners with Lyft to Provide 5,000 Former Prisoners With Transportation to Job Interviews

Jay Connor Jun 18, 2019. 16 comments

Kim Kardashian is problematic as hell .

She’s also inexplicably gone from socialite to social justice superheroine as of late, being instrumental in commuting the life sentence of non-violent offender Alice Johnson; deploying her legal team to assist Cyntonia Brown in her eventual clemency ; and unleashing her white privilege to address criminal justice reform and other societal ills in a surprising bid to make us all forget about the countless times she’s tap danced on our nerves.

During a recent pit stop at the White House—no pun intended—Huffington Post reports that Kardashian West announced that she’ll be partnering with Lyft to provide as many as 5,000 formerly incarcerated citizens transportation to and from job interviews.

“Everyone wants the community to be safe,” she told those in attendance at the White House. “And the more opportunity we have and that they have and the support that we help give them, the safer everyone will be.”

In a series of tweets, she also addressed the challenges faced by those transitioning back into society after serving time in prison:

“Since the passage of the First Step Act in December, I’ve been speaking with people coming home from prison and learning about the challenges they are facing,” she tweeted to her millions of followers. “While I have been able to offer support to some of the individuals I have met, the obstacles to success are an everyday struggle for thousands and more needs to be done.”

TMZ reports that a large number of prisoners impacted by the First Step Act are set to be released on July 19, and in addition to transportation, they’ll also be provided with job and housing assistance as part of a long term plan to help get them back on their feet.

While I’m not quite ready to channel Van Jones levels of hyperbole , I gotta give it up to Kim for using her tremendous wealth and influence to address criminal justice reform as aggressively as she has. As often as we ask more of celebrities, she’s low key been killing it for a minute now.

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