Whoa, That Trump/Kim Kardashian Meeting Got a Woman Clemency!
Trump has granted clemency to Alice Johnson following the appeal of Kim Kardashian.
BEST NEWS EVER!!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 https://t.co/JUbpbE1Bk0
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 6, 2018
Is there’s one rule to the entire Trump presidency it seems to be this — the guy wants attention and he very much could not care less where it comes from. For example, one moment this guy is as awful as can be on prison reform, but all it takes is one photo with a celebrity and bam — the guy forgets all of that old and loving attention he got on Fox News and begins granting clemency! In this case, however, it’s a good thing. Here’s to hoping that granting clemency to great-grandmother Alice Johnson, following a meeting with Kim Kardashian, is the first of many acts such as this. Although, we are not holding our breath for reasons we will enumerate below. But first, the good news.
The meeting between Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump first made the news when the reality show star met with the president concerning the case of Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother serving life in prison with no parole for a minor drug charge. To say this punishment is cruel and unusual is an understatement, and a week following the meeting, Trump has granted clemency to Johnson. Johnson will be released from the prison she has been staying in since 1996 in Aliceville, Alabama.
The White House’s official statement said in full:
“Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a commutation to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who has served almost 22 years in Federal prison for a first-time criminal offense.
Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades. Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates. Her Warden, Case Manager, and Vocational Training Instructor have all written letters in support of her clemency. According to her Warden, Arcala Washington-Adduci, “since [Ms. Johnson’s] arrival at this institution, she has exhibited outstanding and exemplary work ethic. She is considered to be a model inmate who is willing to go above and beyond in all work tasks.”
While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance.”
While we are skeptical that the Trump administration will be giving much of a second chance to anyone not represented by a big Hollywood star, we are very happy to see someone getting a second chance at life after a deeply cruel and horribly inhumanely unjust sentence. However, the Trump administration has been deeply damaging to those in prison, or those living with the threat of prison, and his harsher immigration protocols, separating families and destroying the lives of children, is proof and parcel of this.
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