Kim Kardashian West has been keeping up with the case Alice Marie Johnson -- a first-time nonviolent drug fender serving life behind bars -- and thanks in part to the reality star's advocacy, President Donald Trump commuted Johnson's sentence on Wednesday (June 6).
The news comes just one week after Trump and Kardashian met in the Oval Office to discuss prison reform and sentencing.
“Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades,” a White House statement reads. “Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates.”
Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother, was given a life sentence without parole in 1996 “on charges conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession cocaine,” according to the nonprit foundation CAN-DO, which stands for “Clemency for All Non-violence Drug Offenders.” Now, more than two decades later, Johnson is expected to be released from federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama, soon.
Kardashian West shared the good news Twitter, writing, “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!” and linking to a story on Mic, where she first learned about Johnson’s case in October from an opinion video shared on the media company’s Facebook page. She also shared a tweet detailing the phone conversation she had with Johnson, who first heard about the news from the Aliceville Federal Correctional Institution.
Kardashian's campaign for Johnson lasted months, including discussions with the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and culminating in her White House meeting last week. The reality TV celebrity tweeted the day their meeting that she was “optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future.”
On Wednesday, she tweeted to thank the president, Kushner and everyone who has supported her mission to free Johnson.
Johnson penned an essay for CNN last month, noting “the unlikely voices Kim Kardashian West and Jared Kushner came together to shine a spotlight on my case, I could only thank God, for he works in mysterious ways.”
Kardashian tweeted that she wants to continue working with organizations that "deserve the recognition."