Trump grants clemency to grandma whose case was championed by Kim Kardashian

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The former prisoner, who is now adjusting to life outside of jail, 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.

A White House spokesperson said Johnson was a model prisoner and had paid her dues to society, hence her release after Kardashian lobbied for her. The statement noted Johnson was known as a mentor to other inmates, and cited recommendations for clemency from prison officials.

At an emotional reunion with her family outside an Alabama prison, the former prisoner thanked Mr Trump and Kardashian West, saying she was "free to live life and free to start over".

She had been serving a life sentence without parole since 1996, over charges of money laundering and drug conspiracy. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she-and so many like her-will get a second chance at life". "She has used her celebrity status to lift up a specific case of injustice and give Alice the spotlight her case deserves".

Kardashian West told the Mic that while meeting with Trump, he "really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice".

Johnson is expected to be released from prison soon.

Kardashian said after hearing about Johnson's story she made a decision to act.

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Kardashian West arrived at the White House for a meeting with presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law.

Barnett, one of Johnson's attorneys, said in a statement, "Justice has been served today, and it's long overdue".

"I'd like to tell President Trump that I am so grateful for everything that you've done for me and my family", Alice Johnson, 63, said Thursday on "Good Morning America".

She said that Johnson feels like she's been "resurrected from the dead and she has her life back".

She was first alerted to the issue after spotting a video about the case on social media. When West heard Johnson's story, she tweeted that she didn't find it fair.

"I would tell President Trump thank you so much".

Last month, the president posthumously pardoned the boxer Jack Johnson after the actor Sylvester Stallone raised his case with him.

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