Why Kim Kardashian is in Mississippi after meeting with Trump on prison reform

Hollywood royalty came to Mississippi — and it's not to film a movie or TV show.

Kim Kardashian West was in Southaven on Wednesday, visiting Alice Marie Johnson. Why?

Kardashian West was an advocate to get Johnson's life sentence commuted after the Memphis woman spent 21 years in prison as a first-time, nonviolent drug offender. Johnson was sentenced to prison on 1996 drug convictions for conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine and was ineligible for parole, according to reports.

Kardashian West went so far as to travel to Washington, D.C., last week to discuss prison reform with President Donald Trump.

"Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades," the White House said in a statement. "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates."

According to CNN, Kardashian West broke the good news to Johnson in a phone call.

"I was like, 'You're going home,' " she told CNN. "We cried, maybe, on the phone for, like, three minutes straight. Everyone was just crying."

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis kept up with the Kardashians' visit to Mississippi in a live blog.

The newspaper reported Kardashian West arrived in Memphis at 1 p.m. and headed to Johnson's Southaven home.

Nicole Harris tweeted a video of Kardashian West's caravan leaving the airport in Memphis.

Reporter Yolanda Jones tweeted she heard "a joyous scream from inside" when Kardashian West arrived, adding sister Kendall Jenner also was along for the trip. Jones later added that there's "so much activity down here, now not sure if (at) Kendall Jenner is with her sister."

According to Harris' tweets, "The Today Show's" Hoda Kotb also met with Johnson.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs