Attorneys Clarify That It Was Their Project Which Led To Release Of 17 Inmates Which Was Being Credited To Kim Kardashian

Attorneys Clarify That It Was Their Project Which Led To Release Of 17 Inmates Which Was Being Credited To Kim Kardashian

Brittany K. Barnett took to facebook to say that it was two African-American women whose project brought the results that people are celebrating Kim for

Numerous media outlets last week reported that Kim Kardashian West got 17 inmates freed from prison. However one of the women - who are actually responsible for the work- is coming forward to clarify the confusion from the misleading headlines. 


Atlanta Black Star reports that attorney and criminal justice reform advocate Brittany K. Barnett wrote on her Facebook page to say that it was actually two African American women — herself and colleague MiAngel Cody, who fought to free the 17 inmates during their 90 Days of Freedom Campaign. It was achieved through their Buried Alive Project. Moreover, Kardashian is a major funder of their efforts.


“We attempted to get grants from these large foundations shelling out MILLIONS of dollars to other organizations but would not look our way because they so-called don’t fund ‘direct services,’ ” she continued. “Our hands were full picking locks to human cages, we didn’t have time to participate in glorified begging from the nonprofit industrial complex only to be turned down.” 


Barnett and Cody work on release for the incarcerated through the Buried Alive Project, which assists them through representing them in court, while also targeting legislators for policy change and also spreading awareness of the plight of the inmates, many of whom have been given sentences of life without parole. 


While the work is heavy and at the same time, more difficult in such circumstances, Barnett explains how Kardashian West was a major force in helping the women out financially. She also mentioned how grateful she was that the reality star brought funding and visibility to their efforts. 

Brittany K. Barnett (left) and MiAngel Cody (right) [Instagram]

“Kim linked arms with us to support us when foundations turned us down,” she continued. “We and our clients and their families have a lot of love for her and are deeply grateful for her. Regardless of who helped fund us for the past three months, in 90 days, TWO black women lawyers freed SEVENTEEN people from LIFE W/O PAROLE sentences – the second most severe penalty permitted by law in America. Only two of us.” 


Barnett also encouraged the community to “reach out and see if the 17 people we helped free need anything. Welcome them home. Give them jobs. Send a care package. Amplify their voices without the sharecropping.” 


She credited Kardashian West for not trying to mislead the public about her role in the project but criticized the media, for twisting it so that it seemed as though her role was different.

“Kim has always been very clear in her role. It’s the media that spins it around — not Kim,” she explained. “We need Kim’s support and the support of anyone else who wants to join this fight.” 

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