Kim Kardashian met with President Trump to discuss prison reform and the release of Alice Marie Johnson. Just a week later, Trump ordered Johnson’s release.
Not everyone is a fan of Kim Kardashian. In fact, the reality TV star is not in everyone’s good graces. But sentiments aside, Kim should be credited when she does anything good that might impact society.
Especially the forgotten people: prison inmates. Last week, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star met with President Donald Trump to intercede on behalf of a prison inmate serving a life sentence and within a week, Alice Marie Johnson was released.
Kim K on Prison Reform: How It All Started
Alice Marie Johnson, 65, was sentenced to a life in prison for drug offenses. She was convicted of leading a multi-million-dollar drug ring with Columbian drug lords between 1991 to 1994.
In 1996, Johnson was found guilty of drug conspiracy and money laundering charges and was given a life sentence in 1997. Now a grandmother, Johnson had served 21 years of her sentence before Kardashian heard her story.
Kardashian Took Johnson’s Story to President Trump
When Kardashian learned of Ms. Johnson’s story online, she felt moved to speak with the President of the United States. President Trump met with her last week at the Oval Office to discuss prison reform, but Kardashian chipped in a word for prison lifer Alice Marie Johnson.
The meeting was arranged by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Many thought the meeting a joke when it became public.
Kushner is a senior advisor to President Trump and oversees the administration’s prison reform initiatives and is an advocate. His wife and the President’s daughter, Ivanka, are friends of Kardashian.
Both Kushner and Ivanka were present at the Oval Office when Kardashian met with the president.
President Trump acknowledged the meeting with Kim in a subsequent tweet:
“Great meeting with Kim Kardashian today.
Talked about prison reform and sentencing.”
Kim Kardashian tweeted thanks to the president for his time at the meeting and expressed hope for Johnson’s release:
“I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.”
It turns out, @kimkardashian Kim West was the one to break the news to #AliceMarieJohnson that she was going to be free. In an interview with @Mic, Kardashian West describes that moment and reveals what comes next in her mission to help more than 3,000 others currently serving life sentences for first-time, nonviolent offenses. Follow Alice and Kim’s stories at mic.com/Alice
…And the President Released the Prison Lifer
Exactly six days after Kardashian met with President Trump, he invoked a presidential order for Johnson’s immediate release. Johnson was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Aliceville, Alabama on Wednesday evening, the same day of the order.
Johnson joined her family, full of appreciation to Kardashian and the President.
Without presidential intervention, it is obvious the 65-year-old grandmother would have remained in prison until her death. When the president commuted Johnson’s life sentence and ordered her release, Kardashian broke the news to the incarcerated woman via phone call.
“She has truly been relentless in her fight for me,” Johnson said of Kardashian West. “To know a woman who has never met me…who has embraced my story and taken me into her heart…this is not just a publicity thing for her. Kim told me when she left that White House meeting that no matter how this turns out…she would never stop fighting for me.”
The elated Johnson attributed her release to a divine miracle. She thanked Kim and President Trump for giving her another chance at life. She said only God could have touched Kim’s heart to bring her matter to the president.
Prison officials say Johnson was a model prisoner while incarcerated and her life inspired other inmates to be on their best behavior.