Last week, Kim Kardashian broke the Internet when she met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office to discuss prison reform and the possibilities of granting a presidential pardon to 62-year-old Alice Marie Johnson. On October 31, 1996, Johnson, who was then 41, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. According to Mic.com, Trump has granted her clemency.
Kim Kardashian became interested in the case after seeing a feature from Mic, which made her tweet about it. See below:
Johnson once described her crimes as “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.”
After Kim met with Trump, Johnson wrote in a letter to Kardashian, “I was drowning and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope that this life jacket I’m serving may one day be taken off. I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf.” She also added, “I believe that history will record that Kim Kardashian had the courage to take a stand against human warehousing.”
Now, Johnson will be a free woman. In reaction to the news, Kim tweeted this:
Kim deserves credit for using her platform for good. Nonetheless, while this is great news for Johnson, Trump is still calling for the death penalty for drug-related crimes. There is much more he needs to do in regard to prison reform. However, we are happy to know Johnson will be free.