Trump commutes Kardashian-backed offender's time

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Kim Kardashian is opening up for the first time about her meeting with President Trump, who later commuted the life sentence that first-time, non-violent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson was serving in prison. "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 said in a statement announcing the commutation of her sentence.

A White House spokesperson said Johnson was a model prisoner and had paid her dues to society, hence her release after Kardashian lobbied for her.

Alice Marie Johnson's life changed on Wednesday - and she has Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian West to thank.

Christine Samra is a web and social media producer for KPIX 5.

Johnson was convicted in 1996 of five counts of drug trafficking and one count of money laundering and sentenced to life in prison - despite the fact that it was her first offense.

Kardashian West apparently got to deliver the news to Johnson personally that she would be going home. "She has used her celebrity status to lift up a specific case of injustice and give Alice the spotlight her case deserves". Johnson may have spent the rest of her life in prison if not for Kardashian's intervention and Trump's clemency.

Johnson's story eventually caught the attention of the Kardashian family in the fall of 2017.

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Kardashian said she had been involved in the effort to free Johnson for seven months, ever since reading about her case on Twitter.

"I am feeling no handcuffs, nothing on me", Johnson, clutching flowers given to her by her family, said through tears to reporters.

CNN have also released footage of Alice being reunited with her family, following her release from prison.

"She's actually achieved nothing", he said on The Project on Thursday night.

During his first year and half in office he has issued a number of pardons, however, mostly involving high-profile cases.

Johnson had a motion pending for a reduction in her sentence when Trump made his decision, but federal prosecutors opposed it because they argued it was in accordance with federal guidelines. While she celebrated her own freedom, she added that she hopes he will continue to consider cases much like her own.

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