This Mother's Day, five Iowa women received help from one of the biggest celebrities in the world.

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Kim Kardashian teamed up with Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin and REFORM Alliance to give some women all across the country a second chance. This group worked to make Mother's Day 2023, one that these women would never forget.

On Sunday, May 14th these women's debts to society were paid off.

They paid off the restitution costs for more than fifty women in America and gave them, as Kim Kardashian said, "the second chance they’ve earned."

After being convicted of a crime, an individual is required to pay off all fines and penalties back to the state or any victims of the crime, according to Iowa legislation. These charges are known as restitutions and must be paid off or else they are stuck on parole or probation. 

If these fees aren't paid in full, then the individual could be held in contempt of court, according to officials.

Five of the women that had their debts paid off were from the Hawkeye State. Two of these mothers are from Des Moines and three are from Waterloo. One of those women was mother of three, Mena Jones. Jones is a realtor living in Iowa's capital city. 

The 33-year-old woman committed a crime when she was just 17. According to a report from the Des Moines Register, she had a $7,000 restitution fee that had been following her ever since. 

Due to her inability to pay off her restitution, for the past thirteen years she hasn't been able to get the proper registration tags that she needed to drive and own a motor vehicle.

She now has a new lease on life thanks to Kim Kardashian and REFORM Alliance.

REFORM Alliance, "aims to transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems and culture to create real pathways to work and wellbeing."


We do not know the identity of the other four Iowa women who had their restitutions paid off through this project.

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