Why Was Alice Johnson Sent to Prison? Kim Kardashian Appeal Wins Sentence Commutation

Alice Johnson, the 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence on non-violent drug trafficking charges, had her sentence commuted by President Donald Trump Wednesday.

Johnson has served 21 years of her sentence after a conviction on charges of attempted possession of cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine, and money laundering, according to Can-Do Clemency, a nonprofit focused on clemency for drug offenders. Johnson was a first-time offender. 

"Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a commutation to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who has served almost 22 years in Federal prison for a first-time criminal offense," read a statement from the White House.

"Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades. Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates."

Johnson wrote an opinion piece for CNN from prison titled "Why Kim Kardashian wanted President Trump to free me." In the article, Johnson wrote: "I want this part to be clear: I acknowledge that I have done wrong. I made the biggest mistake of my life to make ends meet and got involved with people selling drugs."

She added: "Since I went to prison, the laws governing my wrongdoing have changed. If I were convicted again today for the same crime, my life might look very different."

Reality television star Kim Kardashian met with Trump last week to discuss pardoning Johnson. Kardashian immediately reacted to the news on Twitter, calling it the "best news ever" and giving thanks to Trump and the president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who has been working on prison reform.

"So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson," she wrote. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance."

 



 

 

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