Kim Kardashian's Effort to Grant Clemency to Alice Johnson

Trump Commutes Alice Johnson's Life Sentence After Kardashian Meeting

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

Kardashian explained how the meeting happened to CNN's Van Jones and he challenged her with criticisms that some have tossed at her over the unusual visit. "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 said that now that she's free, she wants to fight hard for prison reform, including making sure people incarcerated are ready to rejoin society when their "miracle" does come. I've even been so honest to say, 'Look, Trump is the last person I thought that would've done this.' But he did. "Hallelujah!", she added, as the crowd around her cheered at the sound of the president's name.

In a tweet final week, the president stated he and Kardashian West talked about "jail reform and sentencing" throughout their current go to within the Oval Workplace of the White Home.

Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor each wrote letters in support of her clemency.

Kim - who has three children North, four, Saint, two, and Chicago, four months with her husband Kanye West - has spent the past seven months trying to get parole for Alice.

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In a statement announcing the president's decision, the White House said Johnson "has accepted responsibility for her past behavior" and has been a model prisoner, working hard to rehabilitate herself and serve as a mentor to fellow inmates.

News of the decision was met with thanks from West, who noted that Johnson's case "gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance".

Never underestimate the power of Kim Kardashian's influence. Her supporters have argued her life sentence for being a first-time, non-violent drug offender was too harsh.

Kardashian shot down criticism in an interview on CNN.

KIM KARDASHIAN WEST: I'm just in a different place in my life, so I thought, well, if I could put the money into a shopping spree, which sounds ridiculous, to save someone's life and do that once a year, then that would make me - just - my heart fuller.

She had already put forward her request for a pardon on two other occasions.

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Bickmore also took issue with Kardashian being involved, saying it showed an "attachment to celebrity".

IT WAS the good news story of the day despite its freaky circumstances.

SHAPIRO: Do you see a larger strategy here or a message that the president is trying to send?

"You now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons". It really felt powerful, and felt like, you can just feel the history in there.

SHAPIRO: NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaking with us from the White House.

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