Alice Marie Johnson released from prison, thanks Trump for commuting sentence
Jun 08 2018
Sources who spoke exclusively to Mic on Wednesday told the outlet that Trump has granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who was serving a life sentence for a first time, non-violent drug offense.
"I plan on continue to work hard to use my case as an example for prison reform and sentencing reform to make a difference", she said.
Johnson was indicted in 1994 for being part of a Memphis trafficking operation, along with over a dozen others.
Her case has been described as an extreme example of harsh, mandatory-minimum drug sentencing that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s.
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.
Behind bars, Johnson has written plays, earned a theology degree, offered pastoral counseling, taught wellness classes, helped other inmates attain their GED, and much more. She felt as if her life was starting over again. No matter what, you never let anyone else dictate your life!
Ms Johnson was released from jail yesterday, when she was immortalised on cameras while running towards her family members and hugging them in Aliceville, Alabama.
"But this is seriously such an honor", she continued, "so thank you to the CFDA for this award".
She revealed, "I'm so happy, nothing bothers me". Adding, "he really understood, and I am very hopeful that this will turn out really positively". The majority of users appear to be excited for Johnson, while others are astonished that Kardashian was able accomplishment what many had been fighting years for.