President Trump commutes sentence of Alice Johnson

Posted June 11, 2018

Trump granted a commutation to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who has served nearly 22 years in Federal prison for a first-time criminal offense.

On Wednesday, Alice Johnson was granted clemency and released from prison after 22 years behind bars, thanks in large part to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West after a meeting with President Trump. The statement noted Johnson was known as a mentor to other inmates, and cited recommendations for clemency from prison officials.

Citing Johnson's good behavior and rehabilitation, President Trump on Wednesday commuted her sentence a week after meeting with Kardashian.

Johnson was aware Kardashian West and other supporters had taken up her cause and for that she is beyond grateful.

She had been serving a life sentence without parole since 1996, over charges of money laundering and drug conspiracy.

Kardashian West apparently got to deliver the news to Johnson personally that she would be going home.

The Alice Johnson case is bringing attention to current sentencing laws.

"I think that he really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice", Kardashian West told Mic in an interview of her conversation with the president.

Scholl said he has clients convicted of homicide who've been sentenced to less time than Johnson.

She also thanked Trump "for giving me another chance at life and restoring me to my family".

Kardashian West tweeted that her phone call with Alice Johnson was "a moment [she] will never forget".

It was a sweet ending to the mission Kardashian said she joined after seeing a story about Johnson's case on her Twitter feed about seven months ago.

Her daughter, Catina Johnson, said she learned about her mother's grant of clemency at the same time as the rest of the public.

Johnson's family greeted her when she was released, and she joyfully ran into their arms.

Working outside the pardon process usually overseen by the Justice Department, Trump has appeared to favor cases championed by friends, celebrities or conservative media, or involve people he sees as rivals. She felt as if her life was starting over again. The first was the pardon of Jack Johnson, a boxer, after Sylvester Stallone appealed to the president.

Indeed, the wife of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russian Federation contacts, appeared on Fox News this week to lobby her husband's case.