Memphis Woman Has Life Sentenced Commuted By President

Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian in the White House. Both are behind the Oval Office's Resolute Desk

Now she's expected to be released from prison soon.

The president's use of his power to grant clemency also was applauded by American Civil Liberties Attorney Jennifer Turner, who championed Ms. Johnson's release.

Johnson has not heard from the White House directly since her release, she said. Through the Buried Alive Project, Byrd said she wants to tell the story of more prisoners who she believes deserve to live their lives outside of prison walls. "It was wonderful. I'm so glad that she was the one who was able to deliver the news to me".

Last month, Trump posthumously pardoned boxer Jack Johnson.

Kardashian welcomed the commutation of Johnson's sentence with a tweet. She told reporters that Kanye wished he could have been there but he was back in California taking care of their three little ones. Following her meeting, Kim tweeted: "I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon". The reality star says it tugged at her heart and moved her to action.

In videos posted to Twitter by WCBI-TV's Quentin Smith, Johnson is greeted by dozens of family members who see her for the first time since she was freed. "I wanted to jump into their arms".

She added: "Since I went to prison, the laws governing my wrongdoing have changed".

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"I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life".

When asked whether she had paid her debt to society, Johnson replied that she had "overpaid" her debt.

Johnson has already served 21 years of a life sentence after she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine, according to the nonprofit Can-Do, which advocates for clemency for non-violent drug offenders. "I'm not bitter about it".

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The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories.

Previous appeals to the US Supreme Court have been thrown out and court records show Johnson has a motion pending for a reduction in her sentence.

DON'T FORGET: Though Trump has apparently intervened on Alice Johnson's behalf, his DOJ has taken steps to ensure more people like her will be imprisoned on drug charges.

She was arrested in 1993 and accused of participating in a drug trafficking and money-laundering operation that distributed cocaine. She admitted wrongdoing, saying she acted as a go-between and relayed messages between dealers and distributors.

Kardashian West's attorney, Shawn Holley, tells ET that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star personally called Johnson on the phone to break the news to her on Wednesday.

The commutation, which is different than a pardon, puts a renewed focus on the Trump administration's push for prison and sentencing reform.

The celebrity daughter of a defense lawyer - Robert Kardashian, who represented O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial - Kardashian West brought her own high-powered lawyer to the White House Wednesday. Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and advisor also met with West to discuss his efforts on prison reform.

Donald Trump signed a pardon granting clemency for Alice Johnson on Wednesday.

According to data from the Bureau of Prisons released in January, more than 1,500 people in federal prisons are now serving life without parole for drug offenses.

The White House said in a statement that Trump had commuted Johnson's sentence and that she "has accepted responsibility for her past behavior" and been a "model prisoner".

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