Kim Kardashian West to Discuss Prison Reform at the White House

Here’s some news most were probably not expecting to hear: Kim Kardashian West will visit the White House to discuss prison reform.

The reality star has been advocating for 62-year old great grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, who has been serving a life sentence for a first-time drug offense. A source told Vanity Fair that Kardashian West learned about Johnson’s story on Twitter and reached out to Ivanka Trump, who connected her with senior adviser Jared Kushner.

“I’ve been in communication with the White House and trying to bring her case to the president’s desk and figure out how we can get her out,” Kardashian West said to earlier this month. “That’s such a huge step from where we started with that not even being on their radar.”

After several discussions over the phone, the face-to-face meeting is set for today with a special meaning.

Alice Marie Johnson

Johnson has served more than 21 years of her life sentence after being imprisoned for her involvement in a low-level, non-violent drug operation. Her only chance at being released is to be granted clemency from the president.

Mic featured her in a video back in October 2017. The video tallied over four million views and 19,000 shares on Facebook. It was also featured on Twitter, where Kardashian West viewed it.

Kardashian West told Mic that it was their video that inspired her to help Johnson get released in any way she can, admitting that her priorities in life have changed and she wants to use her fame to help those in need. She has since brought on her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, who worked with Robert Kardashian during the O.J. Simpson trial.

Johnson’s Story

Johnson describes her story in the Mic video. She was convicted for her role in facilitating communications in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. She told Mic that her involvement was due to financial hardship.

“I went into a complete panic and out of desperation, I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money,” Johnson said.

The lead-up to her involvement in the drug operation was her divorce, her son being killed in a motorcycle accident and losing her job. It was one thing after another that caused her to make one bad choice.

“If you think about a decision that you’ve made in your life and you get life without the possibility of parole for your first-time nonviolent offense, there’s just something so wrong with that,” Kardashian West said to Mic.

Madison Bumgarner’s Return Date is Set

The San Francisco Giants will finally have their ace back.

Madison Bumgarner is set to return on June 3 at AT&T Park.

Manager Bruce Bochy told NBC Sports that Bumgarner will throw 70-75 pitches for the San Jose Giants on Thursday and then make his San Francisco return next Tuesday.

Bochy said there were considerations to bring Bumgarner back Friday, after just one rehab start, but the final decision was made to be more cautious.

“It’s just giving him another start to where he can be more stretched out and we don’t have to be careful with him,” Bochy said. “If you go back, we were talking about three (rehab starts originally), so he’s still ahead of schedule.”

Bumgarner hasn’t played in the majors since his dirt bike accident in April 2017. Bruised ribs and a shoulder sprain sidelined him for three months, leaving the Giants to find out the hard way what life was like without him. They dropped to last place in the National League with a 64-98 finish, their second-worst record since 1903.

Hoping for a fresh start in 2018 along with a healthy Bumgarner, it was crushing to see the ace go down with a fracture to his pitching hand during his final start of a spectacular spring. He sustained a fracture on the fifth metacarpal in his left pinky finger, with initial reports sidelining him for a minimum four to six weeks.

“It’s tough but these guys can handle it,” Bumgarner said at the time of his injury. “This obviously was not what I was expecting out of my last start. But it happened, and I can deal with it.”

Now, his rehab play has been just as strong. He threw 3 2/3 hitless innings for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday and struck out eight.

“He was really where he needed to be as far as his delivery and command of all his pitches,” Bochy said to NBC Sports. “That’s why he’s coming up probably earlier than anticipated.”

What will Bumgarner be returning to?

A team currently at 25-29 sitting in fourth place of the NL West. However, that’s just four games out of first place.

The NL West is anyone’s taking right now and Bumgarner will sure give the Giants a boost.

This article was originally posted on Small Teaser Sports.