While somewhat under the radar, Kim Kardashian has been funding a legal team which has le to the release of 17 people who had previously been locked up on low-level drug offenses. The Decarceration Collective, which is a team consisting of lawyer MiAngel Cody and Dallas attorney Brittany K. Barnett — who are the ones actually in the courtrooms and filing motions.
Barnett and Cody, who are also part of the Buried Alive Project, have worked to successfully free 37 inmates to date. The team works to handle cases of offenders who've recieved unfair sentences, and utilizes the First Step Act of 2018.
An episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, features Kim K elaborating on her interest in criminal justice reform. She also spoke on how she and her legal team choose the inmates to recieve clemency.She went on to say:
"I told my dad years ago that I was really into criminal justice and he was like, 'This will stress you out so much. You do not really want to take this on,'" Kim explained to Kris, while sorting through a stack of letters she's received from inmates. "But I think now, having gotten so deep in helping Alice, I'm really motivated to get to know the law more and fight for people that deserve a second chance, like her."
In the past year, Kardashian-West began to change her focus away from her multimedia empire and towards criminal justice. In 2018 she met with President Trump and was able to get clemency to Alice Marie Johnson. Johnson is a grandmother who was handed a life sentence without parole for a first-time, non-violent drug charge.
Despite media placing all of the focus on and credit towards Kardashian-West in the success of getting clemency for the inmates that her team has done, she remains careful to not allow the credit to stay with her.
In an interview with Vogue Magazine, she said:
“...it’s never one person who gets things done; it’s always a collective of people, and I’ve always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society.”