Alice Marie Johnson released from prison, thanks Trump for commuting sentence

Kim Kardashian West and President Donald Trump

Alice Johnson, the 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence on non-violent drug trafficking charges, had her sentence commuted by President Donald Trump Wednesday.

"So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson", Kardashian tweeted Wednesday. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are deserving of a second chance. "One of my family members one time, and I'll never forget this, they said that coming to visit me in prison is like visiting a gravesite", said Johnson.

The White House said Alice Johnson had been a model prisoner and worked hard to rehabilitate herself. She vowed, "And if I get out - I have a job secured, and plan to continue to help those in prison and work hard to change our justice system".

President Trump today commuted the sentence of a first-time nonviolent drug offender whose case was championed by Kim Kardashian on a recent visit to the Oval Office.

Another attorney, Brittany K. Barnett, said earlier that Johnson feels overwhelmed with emotion and like she's been "resurrected from the dead". But her story came to the media's attention thanks to reality TV star Kim Kardashian calling for her freedom.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the "VA (Veterans Affairs) Mission Act of 2018" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018.

Ahead of the meeting, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said she meant to seek a reprieve for Johnson.

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Johnson's case caught nationwide attention after the reality-television star Kim Kardashian West took notice of her case previous year and retained an attorney to help her clemency bid.

She says that once Johnson's family joined the call, "the tears never stopped flowing".

The White House confirmed on Wednesday that the president signed a commutation for Johnson, who has served over 20 years in prison since she was sentenced to life without parole, plus 25 years, in 1996.

"It was the most exhilarating feeling I've ever had", said Johnson, who spoke to "GMA" in Memphis, Tennessee, alongside one of her daughters, Catina.

Johnson, an ordained minister, is also a playwright, mentor, counselor, tutor and a companion for suicidal inmates, and did not commit any disciplinary infractions in two decades in prison.

With Johnson's clemency, there is possibly hope that others facing life for nonviolent charges will also be granted clemency. He pardoned the late heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

The White House noted that letters of support for clemency had been received from Johnson's warden, case manager and vocational training instructor.

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