President Trump has granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson-a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time non-violent drug offense-a week after Kim Kardashian met with the POTUS to petition for her release. After serving over two decades in prison, Johnson is expected to be released soon, CNN reports.
Kardashian, who has been vying for Johnson's pardoning since last fall, celebrated the announcement on Twitter this afternoon, calling it the 'best news ever.'
She also thanked Trump and his son-in-law-turned-advisor Jared Kushner, whom Kardashian has been in contact with regarding Johnson's case and prison reform over the past few months.
'So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance,' she tweeted.
Kim added that her fight for prison reform won't end with Johnson's pardoning. 'I hope to continue this important work by working together with organisations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition,' she added.
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.- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
The reality star also revealed that she called Johnson to break the news about her commuted sentence. 'The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories,' she said. 'Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget.'
The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories. Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget.- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
Kardashian earned some praise from her followers who congratulated her in the comments of her post. Her sister Khloé also lauded her work. 'I am constantly amazed by your determination!' she tweeted.
Kimberly you are such a beautiful person inside and out!! I am constantly amazed by your determination! No matter what, you never let anyone else dictate your life! What’s right is right! You did what was right! God bless you @KimKardashian 💜- Khloé (@khloekardashian) June 6, 2018
The White House announced Johnson's sentence would be commuted this afternoon, citing the fact that the great-grandmother has 'accepted responsibility for her past behaviour' and acted as a 'model prisoner' in her nearly 22 years behind bars.
'While this administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those that have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,' a statement read.
White House statement on Alice Johnson's sentence commutation notes this: "While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance." pic.twitter.com/cjtDxSW1du- Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) June 6, 2018
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