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Kim Kardashian leads young influencers on Los Angeles prison trip to raise criminal justice reform awareness

FIRST ON FOX: Kim and Khloé Kardashian walked into a California prison Monday morning with a different goal in mind – guiding a group of young influencers through the American criminal justice system.

“It’s always an honor to be able to visit the men and women living behind our prison walls,” Kim, a longtime criminal justice reform advocate, said Monday. The “Kardashians” star had spent several hours at the California State Prison of Los Angeles County in Lancaster with Michael Rubin and members of the REFORM Alliance – a group that aims to help ex-cons successfully return to society – and a number of young social media stars.

“Hearing the stories of people trapped in the prison system is what drives my commitment to advocate for reform and find ways to leverage my platform to help change lives and laws,” she said of the visit, which began around 9:30 a.m.

In a proverbial generational shift, the social media and reality TV superstar said the goal of the trip was to introduce a new group of Gen-Z influencers to key issues of criminal justice and proposals for reform. 

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Kim Kardashian, Michael Rubin and REFORM Alliance’s Future Shapers Advisory Council visit the California State Prison of Los Angeles County in Lancaster.

Kim Kardashian, Michael Rubin and REFORM Alliance’s Future Shapers Advisory Council visit the California State Prison of Los Angeles County in Lancaster. (REFORM Alliance)

Kim Kardashian, Michael Rubin and REFORM Alliance’s Future Shapers.

Kim Kardashian, Michael Rubin and REFORM Alliance’s Future Shapers. (REFORM Alliance)

They are called the Future Shapers Advisory Council, which was established in February with the REFORM Alliance, and includes Hannah Jackson, Rondo Bonilla, sisters Charli D’Amelio and Dixie D’Amelio, Sophia Kianni, C.J. Stroud, Zander Moricz, Jack Wright, Bryce Young, Jax Ajueny and Aidan Kohn-Murphy.

In 2018, Kardashian famously lobbied then-President Donald Trump for the release of Alice Johnson, who served 21 years in prison for a nonviolent offense.

The social media and reality TV superstar said the goal of the trip was to introduce a new group of Gen-Z influencers to key issues of criminal justice and proposals for reform.

The social media and reality TV superstar said the goal of the trip was to introduce a new group of Gen-Z influencers to key issues of criminal justice and proposals for reform. (REFORM Alliance)

Longtime criminal justice reform advocate Kim Kardashian bringing new generation to her cause.

Longtime criminal justice reform advocate Kim Kardashian bringing new generation to her cause. (REFORM Alliance)

“We are building up the next generation of leaders and influencers who will join us in this fight,” the SKIMS mogul said.

The prison’s inmate roster has previously included Joseph Son, the former “Austin Powers” actor who killed a cellmate while serving time for another crime, and the prolific serial murderer Samuel Little.

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“Hearing the stories of people trapped in the prison system is what drives my commitment to advocate for reform.”

— Kim Kardashian

Kardashian’s group heard the stories of a series of incarcerated men, discussed potential solutions for public safety and rehabilitation, and visited with members of the prison’s PAWS For Life program, according to the REFORM Alliance.

A prison spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Kim and Khloé Kardashian are pictured inside the state prison in Lancaster, California, on Monday, April 17, 2023.

Kim and Khloé Kardashian are pictured inside the state prison in Lancaster, California, on Monday, April 17, 2023. (REFORM Alliance)

Others in attendance included California state Rep. Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, rapper Lil Baby, REFORM officials Jessica Jackson and Law Erin Haney, and Heidi and Marc D’Amelio 

Kim Kardashian is invited to speak by U.S. President Donald Trump during an event celebrating the second chance hiring reentry program for former inmates at the White House in Washington, June 13, 2019.

Kim Kardashian is invited to speak by U.S. President Donald Trump during an event celebrating the second chance hiring reentry program for former inmates at the White House in Washington, June 13, 2019. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Kardashian was an outspoken supporter of the First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that Trump signed in 2018.

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A group of Gen-Z influencers led by Kim Kardashian meets with inmates at the California state prison in Lancaster.

A group of Gen-Z influencers led by Kim Kardashian meets with inmates at the California state prison in Lancaster. (REFORM Alliance)

REFORM Alliance is a group that aims to help ex-cons successfully return to society. In addition to the group, a number of young social media stars were also in attendance Monday.

REFORM Alliance is a group that aims to help ex-cons successfully return to society. In addition to the group, a number of young social media stars were also in attendance Monday. (REFORM Alliance)

She has also hosted a podcast on the subject, “Kim Kardashian’s The System,” and has made visits to jails and prisons around the country.

For years, she’s visited inmates around the country, including former Oklahoma death row resident Julius Jones in prison roughly a year before Gov. Kevin Stitt granted him clemency in 2021, commuting his sentence to life without parole.

The group met with members of the prison's PAWS For Life program as part of the tour.

The group met with members of the prison’s PAWS For Life program as part of the tour. (REFORM Alliance)

And in 2020, she partnered with Oxygen for a two-hour documentary titled “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project,” in which she revealed she hoped to become a lawyer.

After leaving the state prison in Lancaster, the group stopped for lunch at La Papillon, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant.

Kim Kardashian speaks to the Future Shapers Advisory Council and members of the REFORM Alliance at La Papillon, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant in Lancaster, California.

Kim Kardashian speaks to the Future Shapers Advisory Council and members of the REFORM Alliance at La Papillon, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant in Lancaster, California. (REFORM Alliance)

Kim Kardashian, center, poses with several of the inmates her group met with in a Lancaster, California, prison Monday.

Kim Kardashian, center, poses with several of the inmates her group met with in a Lancaster, California, prison Monday. (REFORM Alliance)

In 2020, Kardashian addressed people who aren’t familiar with her prison reform work, thinking it is a publicity stunt.

“I would say, first of all, [I’m] spending so much time away from my family and children,” she told Fox News Digital at the time. “I’m going to law school, which is taking 18 hours a week from my babies to study. I think there are more cost-effective and time-effective publicity stunts that I can do. I always laugh at that one. Why would someone go to law school for a publicity stunt? That’s torture.”

“What I really want is for these cases, these stories of injustices, to get attention,” she continued. “I think as long as these cases are getting attention, that just makes me really happy. I just hope that it continues like that, no matter what it’s faced with.”

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“I think you just have to tune out the noise and stay focused on people and these issues,” she added. 
“They’re the ones that deserve the attention, not the critics.”

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