Kim Got it Done! Trump Commutes Alice Johnson with Kardashian’s Help

11 June, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Lifestyle       by Asma Malik | Published

Alice Marie Johnson's case was championed last week by reality TV personality Kim Kardashian West, who met with Mr. Trump at the White House Wednesday about sentencing and prison reform.

After Johnson was released from prison, Trump tweeted that he hopes she has "a wonderful life". The statement noted Johnson was known as a mentor to other inmates, and cited recommendations for clemency from prison officials.

Last week, Kardashian's meeting with Trump in the Oval Office was widely mocked on social media.

In a recent Skype interview, Tretessa Johnson told ABC News she was grateful that Kardashian West took an interest in her mother's case. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she-and so many like her-will get a second chance at life".

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As she was never sentenced for any other crime and violence was not featuring in the case, she could ask for her sentence to be commuted during Obama's 2014 push to free non-violent drug offenders from jail.

Ivanka Trump was one of the first people she reached out to about Johnson's case, Kardashian told CNN's Van Jones on Thursday.

Trump has commuted Ms. Johnson's sentence. She said she turned her life around in prison and decided that she wasn't "going to just do time or let time do me".

The 63-year-old great-grandmother, who served 22 years of her sentence, was thrust in the spotlight after Mic heavily discussed her story and Kim Kardashian West became an advocate for her release.

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Kardashian West joined what has been a long-running campaign for Johnson's freedom, spearheaded by the clemency foundation CAN-DO, friends and family.

Catina Johnson was seven months pregnant when her mother went to prison, she said.

Johnson's daughter Catina Scales spoke with Business Insider earlier on Wednesday, as she was en route to pick her mother up from the Aliceville correctional facility in Alabama. "I promise you President Trump, I will make you proud that you gave me that second chance". He pardoned the late heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney. One week after Kardashian personally lobbied on her behalf at the White House, her request was granted.

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