Alice Marie Johnson has officially been released after Trump pardon
02:32, Jun 10, 2018
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Her case became a rallying cry in recent years for criminal-justice reform advocates who have held her up as an example of overzealous drug sentencing, and the epitome of a reformed, rehabilitated prisoner ready to re-enter society. Kardashian West shared Johnson's enthusiasm. It was a moment I will never forget. In 1996, she was sentenced to life in prison without parole. So, I'll do what I have to do ... to get you out or make this happen if I have the power to do that, ' " she said. The decision has been made a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case in a meeting with Trump at Oval Office. In a statement on the commutation of her sentence, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Johnson "has been a model prisoner over the past two decades". "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she - and so many like her - will get a second chance at life".
The great-grandmother and her many loved ones - including her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - gathered around a table at The Hub in Memphis, Tenn., for a family dinner 25 years in the making. Johnson said she allowed others involved in the conspiracy to use her phone and that she also relayed messages for them, but she said she never personally sold drugs.
After Johnson's case was brought to his attention by reality TV superstar Kim Kardashian West, Trump commuted her sentence. Kardashian West, in an interview with Mic following that visit last week, said she felt the president listened to her concerns. She is forecasted to be released from prison soon. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner had been talking to the E! reality star for several months about Johnson's case, and Kardashian hired her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, to act as her legal counsel. This just isn't fair.' He knew that this is the right thing to do, and he said that from the start after he had heard her whole story and situation and he knew it was the right thing to do. "Kim and I are standing by to talk with Miss Alice now".
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