Kim Kardashian broke down in tears after speaking with inmate Brandon Bernard ahead of his execution.
In the latest episode of the Hulu reality series The Kardashians, the 41-year-old was reduced to tears as she spoke with Bernard on the phone.
Kim, who has advocated for prison reform in recent years, cried as Bernard described the process of the execution. "First thing that they'll do is push me in that chair and I don't want to be panicking and stuff so they have to give me some kind of shot," he told Kim during their final phone call.
"But you don't gotta be sad."
Bernard, who was executed in December 2020, became emotional but tried to console the SKIMS founder from afar.
Kim reflected on the phone call during a confessional in which she said: "The fact that he was the one who tried to calm me down from crying broke my heart."
She added: "He was executed. We weren’t able to stop it. But this is why I do what I do, because the system is so broken.
"The death penalty is so inhumane. I have to fight harder to make sure this doesn’t happen to someone else."
Bernard was 40 when he was executed by lethal injection after he received the death penalty in 1999 for killing two married youth ministers when he was 18.
He was convicted alongside his accomplice Christopher Vialva, who was executed in September 2020.
Todd Bagley, 26, and Stacie Bagley, 28 died at the Fort Hood army base in Texas.
Kim continues to campaign for changes to the US justice system and has discussed her concerns about long sentences given to first-time offenders and the disproportionate effect this has on ethnic communities.
Kim visited the White House in March 2020 with three women who were released from prison to further her campaign for prison reform in the United States.
Donald Trump was president at the time and in February 2020 he announced he would cut short the jail sentences of Crystal Munoz, Judith Negron and Tynice Hall, who had been jailed for drug-related and white collar crimes.
Back in 2018 Kim campaigned for Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who was serving a life sentence, to be freed.
She was convicted for a nonviolent drug-related crime in 1996 and was not eligible for parole.
Kim begun her legal training in 2019 and passed the baby bar in December last year. She said her experience campaigning for Johnson in 2018 influenced her to pursue a career in law.
The Kardashians is available to watch on Disney+ in the UK.
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