Kim Kardashian praises Pennsylvania governor on Twitter, as she continues to be an advocate for prison reform

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Kim Kardashian celebrates another win for US prison reform, as her advocacy once again takes centre stage rather than her personal life

When she’s not causing a stir on social media as the first images from her Dolce & Gabbana campaign were revealed , she’s causing a stir in the murky depths of prison reform in the United States. Kim Kardashian has once again weighed into the legal spectrum, this time praising newly-elected Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro who has moved to end the death penalty in the state.

As the Governor took to Twitter to announce that he would not issue any execution warrants while he was in his position, Kim Kardashian retweeted the post to her 75 million followers, commenting with the retweet three applause emojis. Kardashian’s post is currently sitting on 1,826 likes and rising, while the original post from Josh Shapiro received 38.4k likes.

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It’s one of several moments where Kardashian has shown her devotion to prison reform, where activists look to see improved conditions inside prisons, improved effectiveness of the US penal system and a means to implement alternatives to incarceration.

In late January 2023, Kardashian posted a picture to her Instagram posing with a group of men who were originally on death row, but thanks to rehabilitation programmes offered through ARC (Anti-Recidivism Coalition) and Smart Justice. Flashing a peace sign with the men, Kim name-dropped both advocacy groups to her 345,796,938 followers.

“[...] these days the men at Pelican Bay are getting college degrees, making incredible art, training rescued dogs, becoming computer programmers and are doing self help and programming with victims of crime,” she captioned her Instagram post with.

Days earlier, Kardashian also spoke of the prison reforms in the state of Ohio, and her work on the case of inmate Kevin Keith. Pictured (as sharply dressed as ever) with attorneys Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney, Kardashian wrote "Yesterday I had the honour of visiting Kevin Keith in prison in Ohio after meeting his whole family and speaking at a justice reform panel about his case."

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"We discussed his case on my Spotify podcast The System: The Case of Kevin Keith. God this is so unfair that he’s been locked up for 29 years for a crime he did not commit. I won’t stop fighting for you Kevin!"

Kardashian’s advocacy work can be traced back to 2017 when she met with then-President Donald Trump to discuss the prospect of clemency for Alice Johnson. Her meeting led Trump to pardon Johnson, imprisoned for a non-violent drug trafficking offence, and order her release from prison in the summer of 2018.

Being a legal eagle isn’t too much of a stretch for people to believe; some may neglect to remember that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star comes from a law pedigree as her father, Robert Kardashian, was an American attorney who famously worked on the O.J Simpson case in 1995 acting as the sportsman’s defence attorney.

Perhaps it was wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps, or perhaps she enjoys using her very large platform to help with a range of advocacy groups, but it led to the shock reveal in 2019 that Kardashian was going to law school. Despite a large number of guffaws regarding the idea of Kim Kardashian: Ace Attorney - but to her credit, she passed her baby bar exam in December 2021 and feels confident regarding the second exam she has yet to sit.

But apparently, the second exam is "easy", when Kardashian last spoke about her aspiring legal career. Watch this space.

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