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

Trump Grants Alice Marie Johnson Clemency After Kim Kardashian’s White House Visit

Trump Grants Alice Marie Johnson Clemency After Kim Kardashian’s White House Visit

President Trump has commuted the life sentence of a great-grandmother serving life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense after Kim Kardashian West lobbied last week for clemency, officials said.

Notably, the decision came after a meeting with Kim Kardashian, who has always been an advocate for the incarcerated 63-year-old. "It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense".

The 63-year old grandmother has already served 21 years of a life sentence after being convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.

Given that Johnson's commutation came less than a week after Kardashian West met with Trump at the White House, some have credited her with possibly helping reshape the president's position on criminal justice reform.

In contrast to a pardon, Mr Trump's actions only ended rather than erased Ms Johnson's conviction.

The White House said Alice Johnson had been a model prisoner and worked hard to rehabilitate herself.

But others in the White House reportedly disagreed with Trump's new position on the matter.

Johnson, an ordained minister, is also a playwright, mentor, counselor, tutor and a companion for suicidal inmates, and did not commit any disciplinary infractions in two decades in prison.

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"I feel like my life is starting over again", Johnson said moments after her release, calling Kardashian West an "angel" and thanking Trump "for giving me another chance at life and restoring me to my family". On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted, "Good luck to Alice Johnson". Trump is now considering almost a dozen appeals for clemency on top of the five formal pardons he has issued so far, White House officials tell ABC News. Kardashian was first made aware of Johnson's case after she watched a video report by Mic's Opinion desk.

The White House noted that letters of support for clemency had been received from Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor.

Mic interviewed Johnson from prison past year.

She learned Wednesday that her mandatory life sentence plus 25 years was being commuted by Trump in a phone call from Kardashian.

People of color are dramatically overrepresented in the nation's prisons and jails.

"I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon", Kardashian West tweeted following the meeting.

He also commuted the sentence of vice president Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

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