In the 1990s, Alice Marie Johnson was convicted for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. She was served a life sentence in prison with no chance for a pardon. Over the last several years, her story has been circulating as she pleaded for another chance at life.
Finally, on Wednesday, June 6, President Trump gave her that chance. He granted Alice Marie Johnson, a now 63-year-old grandmother, clemency. This news came just over a week after reality TV star Kim Kardashian met with President Trump in order to discuss Johnson’s release.
There were several important factors that led to Johnson’s release, including her model behavior in prison, the fact that her offense was a first-time, non-violent one, and the fact that she had highly favorable character references.
The White House said, “Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades. Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates.”
They continued, “Her Warden, Case Manager, and Vocational Training Instructor have all written letters in support of her clemency. According to her Warden, Arcala Washington-Adduci, ‘since [Ms. Johnson’s] arrival at this institution, she has exhibited outstanding and exemplary work ethic. She is considered to be a model inmate who is willing to go above and beyond in all work tasks.”
After the news of the release emerged, both Kim Kardashian and President Trump spoke out.
Now, Alice Marie Johnson has spoken out as well. She gave an emotional tribute thanking both President Trump and Kim Kardashian for working on her behalf.
She said, “I feel like my life is starting over again.”
She recalled the moment that she found out the news that she had been granted clemency. She was on the phone with Kim Kardashian when she found out.
She said, “I started screaming, and crying and jumping. I think I lost it for a moment. I want to tell Kim, my angel, that you never gave up on me. You never gave up your flight. You were relentless and it has paid off beautifully for me and my family on this day.”
She continued, thanking President Trump. She said, “I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life. And I will not disappoint the American public or the world that has so much faith in me. It means that someone finally saw me, someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me- and that was President Trump, and so I’m thankful for him and what he’s done.”
Congrats to Alice Marie Johnson at her new chance at life! After her release, this heartwarming video was posted showing the first time she embraced her family. Let us know what you think!