The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star said she's working with former Tennessee Judge Kevin Sharp, who unwilling handed down the harsh sentence to Young due to mandatory-sentencing regulations.
"I was on the phone with the judge that sentenced him to life," Kardashian said, adding Sharp "resigned because he had never been on the side of having to do something so unfair, and now he is fighting with us to get (Young) out."
Kardashian also said she's in regular contact with President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who counts prison reform as one of his tasks as a senior adviser at the White House.
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Young was charged in December 2010, one of 32 people — including some gang members — who federal prosecutors said were involved in drug trafficking in Clarksville, Tennessee. Court documents say federal agents believed Young was buying crack cocaine from a leader of the ring at a gas station. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine and other counts.
Young had two prior drug-dealing convictions, and his new charges triggered the federal "three strikes" law requiring a mandatory life term if found guilty. Young and two others went to trial in August 2013 and were convicted. About a year later, Sharp sentenced Young to life in prison.
At the sentencing hearing, Young described his upbringing: His mother was a drug addict, he said, and at times, their house had no lights nor water. When he was old enough to get a job, he worked at a funeral home, but gradually felt pulled away from the straight and narrow toward the drug dealers working in his neighborhood.
"If there was any way I could have not given him life in prison I would have done it," Sharp told the USA Today network during an exclusive interview in April 2017. "What they did was wrong, they deserved some time in prison, but not life."
In June, Kardashian wielded her star power to persuade Trump to commute Alice Johnson, who was a nonviolent first-time offender serving a life sentence for cocaine trafficking. The 63-year-old was freed after 22 years behind bars.
The reality star championed Johnson's case after seeing her Mic interview on Twitter in October 2017. Kardashian eventually met with Trump in the Oval Office late May to advocate for Johnson and discuss prison reform.
Shortly after Johnson was released, the reality star told "Today" that her "mission" to free Johnson "fulfilled my heart. Since I feel so fulfilled, why would I stop that?"