Her claim to fame as a reality star isn’t the only thing Kim Kardashian West wants to be known for. The 39-year-old reality star is sharing her journey in navigating the United States justice system to promote prison reform. Her work is documented in the upcoming series, “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project”
In a new interview with Us Weekly, Kardashian — who is currently studying in law school — shared how familiarizing herself with the justice system impacted her life. The mother of four noted that it made her feel more empathetic towards people who have been accused of committing crimes.
“It’s definitely changed me. I think the thing that’s changed about me most is just my empathy for people,” she said. “I used to maybe be a little bit more judgmental on people’s situations, not really knowing their situations.”
Kardashian reveals that her new journey convinced her to “dig deeper” to understand why those who are accused do what they do.
“I want to know what led them to make that decision. Where did they come from? What was their history?”
In her new documentary, Kardashian visits prisons in the US to hear stories of how inmates ended up behind bars. She is joined by a legal team that includes criminal justice advocate, #cut50 co-founder, and human rights lawyer, Jessica Jackson. It will feature stories from those who deserve a chance to be heard.
The star pondered on the shortcomings of the justice system who are meant to protect victims who are eventually forced to commit crime.