Two Black female attorneys, Brittany K. Barnett, and MiAngel Cody, are finally being given due credit for recently freeing 17 prisoners who received life-without-parole sentences for minor drug offenses. They have also acknowledged celebrity Kim Kardashian who teamed up with them to provide financial support for the project.
A few weeks ago, news broke about Kim Kardashian ‘quietly’ freeing 17 inmates and it immediately became a viral story because it wasn’t the first time she was involved with prison reform. This time, however, Brittany and MiAngel had to come forward to set the record straight about the media overlooking their hard work behind the scenes.
Last week, Britanny, an attorney, and criminal justice reform advocate, said on a Facebook post that it was actually two Black women — herself and her colleague MiAngel — who were responsible for the legal legwork that has freed 17 inmates through their Buried Alive Project. She clarified that Kim supported the initiative by helping with funds.
She wrote: “Kim linked arms with us to support us when foundations turned us down. 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.”
Brittany and MiAngel, who both formerly had six-figure jobs as attorneys, have dedicated themselves in advocating justice reform – and they are doing it for free. Through their organization, they work on the release of those incarcerated — mostly those who were given sentences of life without parole — by representing them in court. They also call for policy change and spread awareness about it.
Meanwhile, Barnett has gratefully thanked Kim Kardashian for not taking full credit on the project and for also using her platform to advocate for criminal justice reform.
“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.”