Kim Kardashian Shares Letter From Alice Marie Johnson After Trump Meeting
She recently met with President Donald Trump to try and secure Johnson's release from prison.
Kim Kardashian West has shared a letter sent to her from Alice Marie Johnson, the 62-year-old grandmother serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time, nonviolent drug offence.
"I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf," wrote Johnson.
"When I spoke with Attorney Shawn Hoiley and she disclosed the name of my benefactor, I had to take time to process and digest the news that you were the one she had been alluding to. There are no words strong enough to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude. Ms Kardashian you are literally helping to save a life and restore me to my family. I was drowning and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope that this life jacket I'm serving may one day be taken off."
"There are defining moments in history that have shaped the destiny of this nation. I believe that we are part of a defining moment. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus (the same year that I was born - 1955)... that was a defining moment. She was an ordinary woman whose courage ignited and united the heart of America to stand together against a very present evil that could no longer be tolerated. This is so much bigger than either one of us. I believe that history will record that Kim Kardashian had the courage to take a stand against human warehousing and was a key figure in meaningful criminal justice reform become a reality."
Kardashian recently met with President Donald Trump -- a surprise meeting negotiated through Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump -- to attempt to secure Johnson's release, after the reality TV star was moved by her story.
“If you think about a decision that you’ve made in your life and you get life without the possibility of parole for your first-time nonviolent offense, there’s just something so wrong with that,” she explained to Mic.
Johnson was convicted of drug-related charges in 1996, relating to a cocaine trafficking operation, and has already served two decades of her sentence.
She would need to be granted clemency from the president in order to be released.
"I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon," Kardashian tweeted after her Oval Office meeting. which took place on Johnson's birthday.
"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.
"We are optimistic about Ms Johnson's future and hopeful that she -- and so many like her -- will get a second chance at life."