Kim Kardashian took to Instagram Stories on Wednesday to document a recent visit she made to Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, California.
‘Last week I had the most educational and inspiring visit to Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in LA – my first time visiting a juvenile facility,’ the 41-year-old celebrity said. ‘I was really impressed by the young men that I had the opportunity of spending time with.
‘They were so brave to share their stories with me on their upbringings of abuse, neglect, foster care, and feeling unloved which ultimately led them to make some awful choices that led them to where they are at now in life.’
The latest: Kim Kardashian, 41, took to Instagram Stories on Wednesday to document a recent visit she made to Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, California
The Los Angeles native opened up on the different emotions she experienced in the visit, saying she felt ‘so sad and angry’ and ‘also impressed with the accountability they were taking for their lifestyle and crimes they committed.’
Kardashian said that all the boys she met ‘had made the decision to change their lives and were actively living that change’ through involvement in programs through Los Angeles Mission College, Hollywood CPR at West LA College, Healing Dialogue and Action, Asian Youth Center and Jail Guitar Doors USA, among others.
‘They were being mentored by the dedicated and committed Probation officers and men from Anti-Recidivism Coalition,’ Kardashian said, adding that ‘as these young men are reimagining their lives, it is up for us as a community to reimagine help meaningfully support them.’
Kardashian said that the visit helped boost her awareness of the community’s ‘need to be doing everything we can do to help’ the people involved and put them on a track for success.
Kardashian shared a shot of the barbed wire fence surrounding the perimeter of the facility
Kardashian named a number of groups involved in the rehabilitation process
Kim opened up about her experience interacting with the juveniles in custody at the facility
‘I walked away really understanding that these young adults need our attention and will be out one day and we need to set them up to succeed and not go back to the lifestyle they were so accustomed to,’ Kardashian said. ‘These are the young men that deserve a second chance and if we give them the opportunities to learn and grow and change.’
Kardashian said she was thankful toward the officials involved with the visit and the services they provide.
‘I want to thank Los Angeles County Probation and the superintendent for having me, and to the staff I met – who really believe in redemption and were constantly guiding these young men towards a positive path,’ she said.
The star posed with Los Angeles County staffers at the facility
Kardashian also thanked prison reform advocate Scott Budnick for his efforts in helping and mentoring others.
‘Not only do you allow me to tagalong on your journey but I learned so much from you,’ she said.
Kardashian has been active in her efforts for criminal reform in recent years, as she worked with federal authorities on the prison release of Alice Marie Johnson, who was pardoned from a life sentence in 2018 stemming from a 1996 conviction on nonviolent drug charges.
Last year, she commandeered efforts to prevent the execution of Oklahoma inmate Julius Jones; and reduce the sentencing of Colorado inmate Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, both of whom were involved in high-profile cases.
In November Kardashian urged Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to spare the life of death row inmate Jones, who was due to be executed in three days after the governor refused to see his mother.
Jones, 41, was scheduled to be executed for the 1999 shooting death of Edmond businessman Paul Howell during a carjacking.
He maintained his innocence and claimed he was framed by the actual killer, Christopher Jordan, a high school friend and co-defendant who testified against Jones and was released from prison after 15 years.
Kardashian, an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform in recent years, said they were all ‘anxiously waiting’ for a decision from Governor Stitt.
The state’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend Stitt grant clemency to Jones and commute his sentence to life in prison.
Stitt later commuted Jones’ death sentence to life without parole – just four days before his scheduled execution.