Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Emotional Alice Johnson leaves prison after Trump commutes life sentence

63 who has been in prison for 21 years for a first-time nonviolent drug offense Marie Johnson 63 who has been in prison for 21 years for a first-time nonviolent drug offense
Freda Brock | 08 June, 2018, 18:30

Alice Marie Johnson is serving a life sentence in prison for first-time, nonviolent drug offenses.

Kardashian, the wife of hip-hop mogul Kanye West, visited the White House a week ago to make the case for Johnson's release to Trump.

On Thursday, Johnson expressed her gratitude for Kim K. and Trump acting on her behalf in an interview with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America.

He went on to explain that while he's happy to see Johnson free, he doesn't expect to see real reform on US prison policy while Trump is president.

"But this is seriously such an honor", she continued, "so thank you to the CFDA for this award". "Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget".

Previous appeals to the US Supreme Court have been thrown out and court records show Johnson has a motion pending for a reduction in her sentence.

As family members celebrated her return home, Johnson said, "I've been resurrected from the dead!" "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates".

Footage shows Johnson running toward her family - throwing her arms wide open and embracing them in front of a crowd of onlookers.

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One of Alice Marie Johnson's lawyers, Brittany Barnett said that Kardashian West joined a phone call with Johnson and her legal team.

Kim Kardashian West met US President Donald Trump last week.

"I would tell President Trump thank you so much". In a piece she penned for CNN's website, she wrote, "Before my incarceration, I had a full life..."

Alice Johnson was freed from FCI-Aliceville in Alabama, June 6, 2018.

In one of her first interviews, Johnson, 63, told CNN about Trump, "I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life". She was tried on charges of cocaine conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

The commutation puts a renewed focus on the Trump administration's push for prison and sentencing reform, but which has sometimes clashed with the president's law-and-order approach, especially at the Justice Department.

As clemency petitions work their way through the system, the president routinely denies the "vast majority" of requests, a White House official said.

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