Wynonna Judd Talks Prison Reform With White House Officials
Wynonna Judd's passion for prison reform became personal in 2018, when her 22-year-old daughter, Grace Pauline Kelley, received an 8-year sentence for breaking the terms of her probation for a 2017 drug charge. The country star recently took matters into her own hands, meeting with White House officials to discuss prison reform.
Per Politico, Judd met with Brooke Rollins, a senior staffer in the Office of American Innovation, on Wednesday (May 1), to "discuss criminal justice reform and ways the administration can continue to enhance reentry programs for inmates and curb the return-to-prison rate." Although Judd has yet to talk face-to-face with longtime acquaintance Donald Trump, she reportedly also spoke informally to his counselor Kellyanne Conway, and to Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law.
Kelley's legal and drug troubles go back years, though her broken probation jail time directly stems from a series of drug-related charges from 2017: On May 26 of that year, she pleaded guilty to manufacturing, delivering, selling and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in Williamson County Court in Williamson County, Tenn. She was also charged with manufacturing and delivering meth in Maury County, Tenn. -- the county to the south of Williamson County -- but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of possession.
Kelley is Judd's daughter with her ex-husband Arch Kelley III. The two were married from December of 1994 through 1998, and in addition to Grace Pauline Kelley, they also have a son, Elijah Judd, together.
Judd's personal stake in prison reform led to a partnership with the nonprofit Hope for Prisoners, which "assists with reentry by providing the formerly incarcerated long-term support and services as they work to reclaim their lives, families and standing in the community."
The country star and her husband Cactus Moser returned to the White House a day later (May 2) for a National Day of Prayer event, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. When asked by the paper about prior meetings with government officials, Judd promised to be "loud and proud" when the time comes to share details.
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