Kardashian West personally advocated for a presidential pardon who, as a first-time offender, was given a mandatory life sentence plus 25 years in 1997 for her role in a cocaine distribution ring.
Following the commutation, Johnson told MSNBC that this clemency is "saving her life".
Johnson's supporters argued she should not have to spend the rest of her life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. "It's just been fantastic".
"I started screaming, and crying and jumping".
Kardashian West described the moment via Twitter.
"I have to get credit to where Alice's whole team had been working on this for years". "Thank you for giving me another chance at life and restoring me to my family'". You know? And at the end of the day, he heard me out.
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Johnson was convicted of cocaine conspiracy and money laundering charges. She was sentenced to life in prison.
"There's a lot of family that want to see her. Kim just walks in, [and they decide] "OK, let her out", Bickmore said. "We plan to go back to Memphis. But it doesn't mean that we're going to stop here". She has said that prison guards wrote letters on her behalf and that she has perfectly clean behavior, spending her free time writing plays. Then, she received a phone call from her mother. It was desperation that forced her hand.
"I have to say I never get starstruck", she admitted.
President Barack Obama did not intervene in the case during his eight years in office because the Justice Department recommended denying Johnson's request for a commutation. Why was Alice Johnson jailed? "I'm not bitter about it", she said. "I guess in order to be a phoenix I had to rise above the ashes". She was released hours after the White House announcement and ran into her family members' arms.
"It was the most incredible day of my life".
"I have not been in a auto without handcuffs in nearly 22 years", she said. I'll just make a decision, 'you're saved, you're not. This is so wonderful to me. Once she was there, it became clear that she and the president were on the same page. It was her first conviction.