Alice Johnson Makes A Promise To President Trump After The Commutation Of Her Sentence

“I hope that my life encourages him to do this for others too.”

President Donald Trump pardoned Alice Marie Johnson on Wednesday, after meeting with Kim Kardashian West, who advocated on the behalf of Johnson's freedom. 

The 62-year-old grandmother, said she will spend her first day of freedom with friends and family, but noted her fight for prison reform is far from over during an interview with CBS This Morning.


Johnson said she hopes her life inspires President Trump to  fight for prison reform.

"I would tell President Trump, thank you so much. I am going to be that one that is going to make you so proud," Johnson told CBS This Morning. "I hope that my life encourages him to do this for others too."

Per CNN, although Trump freed Johnson, his administration has taken hard-line positions on nonviolent drug offenses and  is working to lock others like her away. But there are organizations fighting for more global reforms.

The Sentencing Project has emerged as leader in the fight for prison reform. Founded nearly 30 years ago, the nonprofit seeks to "promote reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration," according to the company's website. 

The executive director of the Sentencing Project, Marc Mauer, told NBC News that Johnson's story is reflective of millions just like her. The Federal Bureau of Prisons released statistics on May 26 showing that nearly 50 percent of people are in jail for a drug offense. In addition, more than 2.2. million people are behind bars for nonviolent offenses, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.

The Sentencing Project is working to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act legislation. 

"The underlying problem is the mandatory minimum sentences applied in the War on Drugs. These have been a failure for 30 years. It's time to turn that around," Mauer told NBC News in an interview. 

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