Johnson has already served 21 years of a life sentence after she was convicted on fees of conspiracy to own cocaine and tried possession of cocaine, in response to the nonprofit Can-Do, which advocates for clemency for non-violent drug offenders.
She is anticipated to be launched from jail quickly.
“Ms. Johnson has accepted accountability for her previous habits and has been a mannequin prisoner over the previous 20 years. Regardless of receiving a life sentence, Alice labored laborious to rehabilitate herself in jail, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates,” the White Home mentioned in an announcement Wednesday afternoon.
“Whereas this Administration will all the time be very robust on crime, it believes that those that have paid their debt to society and labored laborious to raised themselves whereas in jail deserve a second probability,” the assertion added.
Johnson’s commutation is the sixth act of clemency Trump has issued since taking workplace, and the second granted by Trump after a star appealed to him. Final month, Trump posthumously pardoned the boxer Jack Johnson after the actor Sylvester Stallone raised his case with the President.
Trump has pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of employees I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the conservative creator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, and Kristian Saucier, a Navy sailor who pleaded responsible to an unauthorized possession of categorized info who argued he was held to a unique commonplace than Hillary Clinton.
Trump and Kardashian West met with Trump within the Oval Workplace final Wednesday after she first reached out to Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump to assist arrange the assembly. Kushner has been main a push on jail reform as a part of his portfolio as a senior adviser to the President.
“I want to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It’s our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who’s serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense,” Kardashian West mentioned in an announcement after assembly with Trump. “We’re optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she — and so many like her — will get a second probability at life.”
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