President Donald Trump has granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, one of many offenders behind bars for life on the grounds of a nonviolent drug offense.
Trump commuted the sentence of Johnson following lobbying efforts by Kim Kardashian that led to a White House meeting last week.
Following the announcement by White House, Kardashian took to social media to applaud Trump’s “compassion” and to thank all who had committed “countless hours” to free Johnson.
One of Johnson’s lawyers, Brittany K. Barnett, stated: “Justice has been served today, and it’s long overdue. Alice has more than paid her debt to society by serving over 21 years of a life-without-parole sentence as a nonviolent drug offender.” She added, “Life in prison without the possibility of parole screams that a person is beyond hope, beyond redemption. And in Alice’s case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime.”
63-year-old Alice had been in jail since 1996, when she was convicted for assisting a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring, which she said she only took part in after she had lost her job and could no longer support her family.