Alice Johnson Says Her Release Is 'Very Humbling'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted Alice Marie Johnson's life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, a cause championed by Kim Kardashian West.

Notably, the decision came after a meeting with Kim Kardashian, who has always been an advocate for the incarcerated 63-year-old.

Kardashian and her team worked to free Johnson - who spent 22 years behind bars for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense and Trump decided she'd served her time and announced she'd be freed on Wednesday. The first was Shalom Rubashkin, a CEO of meatpacking company who was convicted on charges of fraud and money laundering in 2009 and sentenced to 27 years in jail.

Johnson's daughter, Catina Scales, who appeared with her on "New Day", also thanked Kardashian West for her help in obtaining her mother's commutation.

In statements made after the White House announcement, Kardashian voiced her appreciation for the move, and said she was the one to deliver the news to Johnson.

Trump wished Johnson good luck in a Thursday morning tweet, in which he told her to "have a wonderful life". The center released a report after Trump's first year in office. "And I will not disappoint the American public or the world who had so much faith in me", Johnson said in an interview with CNN.

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.

"I'm just so thankful".

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Trump's acts of clemency have been scattershot, driven by television segments, celebrities, friends and White House advisers who have pressed their cases for pardons. "I feel like my life is starting over again", she said.

Johnson said she and Kardashian West had a "heart connection" once the reality-TV star reached out after seeing a video about Johnson's story on social media.

Kim's low-key approach to Kanye's birthday will no doubt come as a surprise to fans as she stocked a plane with Japanese snacks and magazines for his 40th birthday a year ago and made him guess where they were going.

Following his meeting with Kardashian last week, Trump tweeted: "Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing".

"Life in prison without the possibility of parole screams that a person is beyond hope, beyond redemption". "I'm free to hug my family", she said. In the run-up to the meeting, West was in contact with the president's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for several weeks regarding the case.

Just days later, Trump commuted Johnson's sentence.

Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of former president Barack Obama's administration, but he failed to win congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.

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