President Trump has commuted the sentence of a great-grandmother after a high profile visit from Kim Kardashian. Alice Johnson has served more than 20 years in prison on drug charges. By all accounts, she’s been a model prisoner. After Kardashian became an advocate for Johnson, advocates for prison reform became hopeful that Johnson might receive a commutation, and she has.

“Kim and her team are trying to arrange a meeting with 63-year-old Alice Johnson after she was released from jail on Wednesday,” the Daily Mail writes.

“Sources close to the situation said the pair are currently in talks and the meeting could happen as early as this week.”

After her release, Johnson ran to her waiting family on Wednesday after being incarcerated for 22 years.

She was jailed on a life sentence in 1996 for her role in a cocaine ring. It was a non-violent offense, and her first, yet she was still handed a harsh sentence. Her story has come to represent the need for prison reform, and it seemed President Trump agreed.

Part of what has made her case so unique is that Johnson appealed for clemency from the Obama administration, yet those efforts were unsuccessful.

“So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson,” she wrote. “Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.”

“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.”

“Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget,” Kardashian tweeted.

“Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades,” The White House wrote in their statement.

“Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates,’ the White House statement said, noting that even her warden had said she ‘exhibited outstanding and exemplary work ethic.”

“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.”

Source: The Tribunist

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