Trump Commutes Alice Johnson’s Sentence After Kardashian Visit

Geraldine Edwards
June 11, 2018

Denied clemency three times during the Obama administration, Johnson says this time it felt different.

And it seems as though the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is set to meet the great-grandmother for the first time, following her release from the Aliceville Correctional Facility, in Alabama, on 6 June. "I'm free to hug my family", she said.

After Trump called Kim to let her know he was signing the papers to commute Alice's sentence, Kim called Alice with the good news.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think Kim Kardashian would take my cause on", Johnson said.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, had served almost 22 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense.

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After Johnson was released from prison, Trump tweeted that he hopes she has "a wonderful life".

But a long list of officials - congressmen, the USA attorney and even the warden at her prison - have asked the pardon attorney to reconsider.

"I made one of the worst mistakes of my life to make some quick money", Johnson said. "I'm a broken woman". Kardashian then reportedly reached out to Ivanka Trump who connected her with her husband and Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner who is working to rehaul American's prison system.

Jack Johnson received a rare posthumous pardon last month, after another actor - Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame - championed his case.

The commutation is not a pardon.

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She also plans to fight for sentencing reform and said she is not going to forget the ones she left behind in prison. Shawn Holley has represented celebrity clients like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Ritchie. Trump forgave Alice Wednesday, a White House spokesperson confirmed to E!

Alice Marie Johnson spent more than two decades behind bars, serving life without parole for non-violent drug offences.

Kim Kardashian West lobbied for Johnson's release after she was granted an Oval Office meeting with Trump. Many of them are given no hope of coming home alive again.

"I saw your video", Kardashian West told Mic.

Kardashian West visited the White House in May to advocate for Johnson.

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In an interview Thursday night with Fox News' Martha MacCallum on "The Story", Johnson expressed her gratitude for Trump's decision the day before to commute her sentence.

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