Exclusive photos from Variety and Rolling Stone’s first-ever, Criminal Justice Reform Summit. Featuring CNN host and activist Van Jones, as well as Kim Kardashian West, the event brings together the entertainment, philanthropic, advocacy and policymaking communities to drive criminal justice reform.
By Camila Zagarzazu
During her speech, actress Allison Williams expresses how she wishes prisons were more supportive of restorative programs.
During the Public Policy: How Policymakers are Reshaping the System panel, Gov. Dannel Malloy reveals his plan to cut Connecticut’s prison population by 50%.
Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson
Kim Kardashian West and Van Jones were both involved in Alice Marie Johnson’s case: “After discussing prison reform on his show, I saw firsthand just how many people are in awe of his work. Van is the hope so many people need,” says Kardashian West.
During his opening remarks, Van Jones slams the “incarceration industry” for “trafficking in human flesh, turning the Dow Jones into a high tech slave auction.”
Kim Kardashian West
During her keynote interview, Kim Kardashian states that Kanye West “just happens to like Donald Trump’s personality, but doesn’t know about the politics. So, I’ve educated him recently.”
Rudy Valdez says he took into account “what we think about when we hear someone is incarcerated and how they’re depicted in the media” while he was making his documentary “The Sentence.”
During the public policy panel, Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) discusses advocating for child abuse victims by fighting for prison reform.
John Bel Edwards
Gov. John Bel Edwards talks about restoring voting rights for felons in Louisiana.
NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson on criminal justice reform: “This is not a partisan issue, this is an opportunity issue.”
Van Jones and Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian tells Van Jones about the backlash she faced when meeting with Trump during her mission to free Alice Johnson: “For me, if it’s a life versus my reputation. People talk s–t about me all day long, I didn’t really care.”
During her speech, the actress shares “Unlike many of the other people who do this work, I’m not risking my job or my safety by bringing up criminal justice reform. I have enough privilege to survive those interactions.”