Alice Marie Johnson granted clemency by Trump

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Alice Marie Johnson Granted Clemency By Trump

President Donald Trump  has announced he commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old serving for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, on Wednesday.

Trump’s decision comes days after reality star Kim Kardashian spoke with the president at the White House about prison reform and sentencing.

Kardashian has spent months using her platform to bring attention to Johnson’s case. She met with the president to discuss the possibility of revisiting Johnson’s sentence.

“I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon,” Kardashian tweeted after her White House visit in May.

“It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.”

Johnson was sentenced in 1996 for helping a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring, something Johnson said she became involved with after she lost her job and was unable to support her family.

In an op-ed titled “Why Kim Kardashian Thinks I Should Be Released From Prison” for CNN, Johnson wrote that her life “began to spiral out of control” after the loss of her son and her divorce.

“I made the biggest mistake of my life to make ends meet and got involved with people selling drugs,” Johnson wrote in her CNN piece.

“This was a road I never dreamed of venturing down. I became what is called a telephone mule, passing messages between the distributors and sellers.

I participated in a drug conspiracy, and I was wrong.”

The White House released a statement on Wednesday commending Johnson for her ability to rehabilitate herself in prison.

Johnson’s clemency was supported by her warden, Arcala Washington-Adduci, who told the White House she is a “model inmate who is willing to go above and beyond in all work tasks.”

“While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,” the White House statement read.

Source:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-grants-alice-marie-johnson-clemency-kim-kardashian_us_5b16d73ae4b09578259c521e


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