Kim Kardashian West just released the trailer for her documentary on prison reform, 'The Justice Project'

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  • Kim Kardashian West dropped a trailer for her documentary about the US prison system, “The Justice Project,” which will be released in April.
  • It’s part of a larger prison reform push that West has been on, one she says was spurred by “raising four black children that could face a situation like any of the people that I help.”
  • West previously convinced President Trump to grant clemency to a 63 year old grandmother who’d been serving a life sentence for non-violent drug offences.
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Kim Kardashian West has just released a 2-minute sneak peek for her documentary on mass incarceration, “The Justice Project,” set to debut in April.

“I went into this knowing nothing, and then my heart completely opened up,” West said in the trailer for the documentary, which will follow the stories of four different incarceration cases.

The star said that being a mother has moved her to take action on prison reform.

“I’m raising four black children that could face a situation like any of the people that I help,” she told reporters at the Television Critics Association on Saturday. “Just to know I can make a difference in my children’s lives and (others) by helping fix a broken system, that’s so motivating for me.”

In 2018, the celebrity convinced President Donald Trump to grant clemency to 63-year-old grandmother Alice Johnson, who had been serving a life sentence for first-time non-violent drug offences.

“While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,” the White House said in a statement at the time.

Johnson’s emotional commutation and release from prison spurred West on to pursue a law degree, and she’s now studying to take the bar in 2022.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the US has almost 25% of the global prison population, and “one out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime.”

West said she hopes that her documentary will help people “be more empathetic” about giving prisoners a second chance at life.

“Every case that I choose is really personal to me, and a lot of the time it’s from a letter I receive from someone on the inside that just really touches my heart,” she said.

Here’s the full trailer for her 2-hour show, which will be released Sunday, April 5 on Oxygen.

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