Alice Marie Johnson, 63, convicted on drug charges in 1996, was released from an Alabama prison on Wednesday, June 6, after Kim Kardashian West spoke with President Donald Trump about prison reform.
Johnson was convicted for involvement in a cocaine drug ring that ran from 1991 to 1994 and received a life sentence for a nonviolent cocaine conspiracy offense and money laundering.
After 21 years in jail, Johnson's sentence was commuted Wednesday by President Trump.
Kardashian met with the president last week to discuss prison reform and sentencing. Kardashian West became interested in Johnson's case after seeing a Mic interview, according to CBS News. Kardashian West was the first to break the news of the pardon to Johnson.
The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories. Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
Johnson reunited with several family members, as seen in videos taken and posted to Twitter by CBS affiliate WCBI-TV's Quentin Smith. Johnson expressed appreciation to Kardashian West and President Trump. She was also given a bouquet of flowers.
Alice Marie Johnson is now free from prison and reuniting with loved ones after Her life-sentence was commuted today by @realDonaldTrump following last week's meeting about her case with @KimKardashian we’ll have the story as well as Johnson’s reaction on @WCBINEWS at 10 pic.twitter.com/f4ZrR3p34u
— Quentin Smith WCBI (@Q_Smith_) June 7, 2018
President Trump has so far pardoned five people and is reportedly considering other clemency cases, according to The Hill.