Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Alice Marie Johnson released from prison, thanks Trump for commuting sentence

Alice Marie Johnson released from prison, thanks Trump for commuting sentence

Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson.

Trump commuted her sentence Wednesday after a recent meeting with Kim Kardashian West, who recently visited the White house to discuss Johnson's case and a possible pardon.

"I really felt for her". She had already served nearly 22 years.

In prison Wednesday, she got a call from Kardashian West. But she said the results were what mattered most.

What did Alice Marie Johnson do? "I am a true first-time nonviolent offender".

Shortly after Trump's inauguration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an eight-paragraph memo calling for more uniform punishments, such as mandatory minimums, for those convicted of crimes such as drug dealing and encouraging prosecutors to pursue harsh charges.

She kept the focus on Johnson during the meeting, she said.

"Just to see my family there - my heart was leaping", the 63-year-old grandmother said on the TODAY show Thursday morning.

A week after issuing his fifth pardon to conservative filmmaker and pundit Dinesh D'Souza, Trump commuted the sentence for Alice Marie Johnson, who has served nearly 22 years in prison for a first-time offense for her role in a multimillion- dollar cocaine operation.

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In the video that caught Kardashian-West's eye, she said, "The real Miss Alice is the woman who made a mistake".

She also acknowledged that many people had worked on Johnson's case for years.

And Kardashian said she tried to use her platform to help those who had been working on the case. "Love you all", her post concluded.

"She's a nice person", Trump said on HLN's "Showbiz Tonight" in 2014. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades.

The statement added that the administration believed in being tough on crime but believed in giving a second chance to those who tried to better themselves in prison.

"When Kim told me that I was being released, I started jumping up and screaming and crying, and everyone else was crying", Johnson said.

Trump recently pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted of a campaign finance violation.

Before Alice Marie Johnson's commutation, Sholom Rubashkin was excused of his 27-year prison term for bank fraud.

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