Alice Marie Johnson Speaks Out After Getting Sentence Commuted
June 23 2018, 04:34 | Irvin Gilbert
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United States President Donald Trump has commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, 63 years old lady who was being jailed for more than 20 years because of a first-time drug offense. "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates", the White House said in a statement announcing the commutation on Wednesday afternoon.
A White House spokesperson said Johnson was a model prisoner and had paid her dues to society, hence her release after Kardashian lobbied for her.
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Alice Marie Johnson, 63, had served almost 22 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she-and so many like her-will get a second chance at life".
The Alice Johnson case is bringing attention to current sentencing laws.
"I want to tell my war angel, thank you for never giving up, you did it, you fought and you fought until I was free", she said.
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Last month, Trump posthumously pardoned boxer Jack Johnson.
"President Trump saved Alice Johnson's life today", said Brittany K. Barnett, a lawyer for Johnson.
Kardashian said she "felt this connection" to Johnson when she learned about her story.
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.
Video shows a touching moment as Johnson runs to her relatives, who cheered as they finally embraced their loved one after more than two decades. "When I just popped up on her phone, she said it was a moment where she knew ... this is a person that she needs to do something [for]".
President Barack Obama pardoned 231 individuals, many who had similar drug-related charges to those of Johnson's, in December 2016. And he granted a posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, which had been championed by actor Sylvester Stallone.
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.