Kim Kardashian Fights For Death Row Inmate's Freedom
The reality star paid a visit to Kevin Cooper -- who has faced the death penalty since the early 1980s -- in California's notorious San Quentin prison on Thursday.
Kim Kardashian West has become an unexpected beacon of light in the fight for social justice and prison reform in America.
In the past three months, she has helped a team of lawyers free 17 inmates from federal prison. This week she met with another prisoner, Kevin Cooper.
Cooper, 61, was convicted of four murders in Chino Hills, California in 1983. He has been on death row ever since, all while proclaiming his innocence.
Kardashian West's first face-to-face meeting with Cooper lasted for two hours, according to TMZ.
In a post to her Instagram stories after the sit-down, she reiterated her previously stated belief that Cooper was framed for the heinous crimes.
"I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin's death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted."
In October last year, Kardashian West put in a request to then-Governor of California Jerry Brown to reassess Cooper's case because of evidence he had been framed.
Brown ordered DNA testing, with further testing done when the state's new Governor, Gavin Newsom, was elected earlier this year.
The governor's office is currently awaiting the results of the latest tests and Kardashian West took it upon herself to visit Cooper in the meantime.
Because Governor Newsom is opposed to the death penalty, he has suspended all executions while he is in office.
Kardashian West has helped fund the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign -- led by a "mighty team of women lawyers" -- who have helped free 17 first-time nonviolent drug offenders.
"We are thrilled Kim Kardashian continues to lend her voice to this important, life-saving work," Angela Wynn, media liaison at the Decarceration Collective, told CBS News.
Using her platform to spread awareness, the mother of four is now filming a documentary on criminal justice reform.
The film will focus on her "efforts to secure freedom for Americans who she believes have been wronged by the justice system" and promises an "exclusive, never before seen look inside her mission to tackle one of America's most controversial subjects," according to a press release.
Kardashian West has increased her involvement in criminal justice reform in the last year, meeting with Trump at the White House in May 2018 to discussa 63-year-old one-time non-violent drug offender serving a life sentence.
Following that meeting, Trump commuted Johnson's sentence and she was released.
Last summer, Kim started a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco, with a goal of taking the bar exam in 2022.
"I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society," she told Vogue last month.
"I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more."
With CBS News.
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