President Trump And Kim Kardashian Talk Prison Reform

Let's just hope that it's more than talk.

Let’s put this into perspective.

Imagine that it’s 20 years in the future and President Simon Cowell has a meeting with that girl who used to be on Teen Mom 2 to discuss the complex details of the national debt.

That’s sort of like what happened on Wednesday when President Donald Trump met with Kim Kardashian who, in case you don’t know, is really famous for being, well, I don’t know. The two discussed prison reform.

It’s a good thing that the president is listening to anyone about prison reform. This is a big problem in our country. A lot of wealthy and connected people are getting away with murder, and I mean that quite literally, while those with less money and influence are rotting away in jail for getting caught with a plant in their pocket.

Perhaps you’re wondering what Kim Kardashian has to do with prison reform. The issue caught her eye last year when she found out about Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who is currently on her second decade in prison after being convicted of a drug conspiracy charge.

It’s commendable that Kim Kardashian is speaking up about this. And it’s good that the president is listening. Let’s just hope that the conversation leads to actual change instead of just a photo-op. Let’s hope that Wednesday’s conversation leads to more conversations with people who have spent time researching this complex issue.

People like Dr. Anthony Bradley.

Bradley’s book, Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: Hope from Civil Society comes out in July. According to Amazon’s description, “Bradley explains how reform must be built from the person up, and once these areas are reformed our law enforcement culture will change for the better.”

That’s an important point to remember. Prisons are filled with people, not animals. Sure, there are those who need to be locked away for the rest of their lives. But there are also people in prison who have been locked away for no reason, and people whose punishment was much harsher than the crime they committed and people who have done their time but who need to learn how to get back into society.

Politicians like to talk about being tough on crime. Far too often, tough on crime really means tough on families. In too many instances, parents are given hard time for petty crimes and their children are left to fend for themselves, often following in the same footsteps as their parents. It’s a vicious cycle of generational imprisonment that only benefits the people at the top of the pyramid.

I’m glad that a conversation on prison reform is taking place. But I’m also skeptical about who’s involved in the conversation. Hopefully in the future, the powerful people in D.C. will listen to what men like Anthony Bradley have to say about prison reform.

In the meantime, I’ll settle for the reality stars.

God uses crooked sticks to make straight lines.

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gunner305
gunner305

@Big J Boy. Here is why Trump will pardon Alice Johnson, Obama.

Obama had the opportunity to pardon her three times but did not. As Trump wants to be the anti-Obama, pardoning her just to tarnish Obama in black community is too tempting to pass on.

Big J Boy
Big J Boy

I’m very curious about the rush to get grandma out of jail. Do we really know all the facts? Conservatives everywhere are touting Alice Marie Johnson as the example of people wrongfully incarcerated. She was much, much more than a first time drug offender. Daniel Horowitz at CR sheds a little more light on the 63 year old great-grandmother and her crimes. “Johnson was the leader of a drug ring trafficking cocaine, which was one of the largest ever prosecuted in that district in Tennessee. According to the Sixth Circuit opinion, Johnson was the one who had the contacts with Colombian drug lords and trafficked thousands of kilograms of cocaine. She was not a low-level drug mule. She was likely responsible for countless deaths.” If that is all true, I’m okay with grandma behind bars.

HDA
HDA

He takes advice from all the "best" people...

JASmius
JASmius

Three years ago that headline would have been in "The Onion". It still deserves to be.

Chevy99
Chevy99

Come on, you know what he is going to talk about with her.