Kim Kardashian West the star is now also the reformer

Kim Kardashian West the star is now also the reformer

Today, President Trump commuted the life sentence of 63-year old great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent first-time drug offender.

"Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a commutation to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who has served nearly 22 years in Federal prison for a first-time criminal offence", the statement read. The statement noted Johnson was known as a mentor to other inmates, and cited recommendations for clemency from prison officials.

Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, following Kim Kardashian's visit to the White House last week.

Following the announcement, Kardashian took to Twitter to praise the President's "compassion" and to thank everyone who had contributed to the "countless hours" it took to free Johnson. "I can't wait to get back on the workforce and get back to my community", she told a gathering of family members and supporters.

Johnson's case had been brought to his attention by Kardashian, who learnt of it through a video that went viral on social media.

Unlike a pardon, the commutation will not erase Johnson's conviction, only end her sentence.

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Johnson's family has long campaigned for Alice's release, saying she is a "model inmate" and involved with numerous prison's programs, including working at their hospice center.

"I had no idea that I was even facing a sentence like that because truly I felt that people who got life without parole had committed the most heinous crimes". Johnson told GMA when she met Kardashian and the reality starlet learned about her story, the beauty mogul said she "knew this was meant to be".

"I am feeling no handcuffs, nothing on me", Johnson, clutching flowers given to her by her family, said through tears to reporters. Kardashian then tweeted, "The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories".

"Because you now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons", he explained. "I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition", she wrote.

Last month, the president posthumously pardoned the boxer Jack Johnson after the actor Sylvester Stallone raised his case with him.

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