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Kim Kardashian Helped Free 17 Inmates Serving Life

All were jailed on drug charges
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2019 7:30 PM CDT
This Oct. 9, 2018 file photo shows Kim Kardashian West at the Tiffany & Co. 2018 Blue Book Collection: The Four Seasons of Tiffany celebration in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Turns out Kim Kardashian is doing more for convicted criminals than anyone knew. The reality TV star, who's advocating for criminal justice reform, has quietly helped free inmates serving life-without-parole sentences on everyday drug charges—17 of them in all, TMZ reports. Seems Kardashian is funding the 90 Days of Freedom campaign started by her lawyer, Brittany Barnett, who's working with attorney MiAngel Cody of the Decarceration Collective. Empowering them is the new First Step Act for inmates facing harsh sentences. President Trump signed it into law last year.

Among those released are Jamelle Carraway, who was arrested at age 31 and got a life sentence for cocaine possession; he's now back home in Illinois after serving 11 years. Another is Eric Balcom, who's back in Florida after serving 16 years of a life sentence without parole. There's also Terrence Byrd, who served 25 years for drug possession and returned home to his 96-year-old grandmother. And Kardashian isn't alone: TMZ reports that Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, herself a lawyer, is working with Barnett to free another inmate who got life in a low-level drug case. (Kardashian plans to become a lawyer, too.)

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