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Trump pardons woman serving life-long sentence after Kim Kardashian visit

Kim successfully lobbied President Trump to offer clemency to 62-year-old great-grandmother, Alice Johnson.

After meeting with Kim Kardashian last week, US President Donald Trump has decided to commute the sentence of mother-of-five, Alice Johnson who had already served 22 years in prison for non-violent drug offense.

The KKW Beauty mogul had become a vocal advocate for Johnson in recent months, believing that the 63-year-old great-grandmother, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted in 1996 for her role in a cocaine trafficking operation, was being unfairly punished by America's prison system for a first time offense.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon (6 June, 2018) the White House confirmed the news of the pardon.

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," the statement read.

"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."

Kim, 37, took to Twitter to say the White House's decision was the "BEST NEWS EVER".

Kik's followed up with more posts, one where she said that the phone call telling Ms. Johnson she was being pardoned, "will forever be one of my best memories."

In the May 31 meeting, the two reality stars talked in the Oval Office (did you see the photo that sparked a thousand memes?) but weeks prior to her White House visit Kim explained to Mic why Johnson's situation struck a chord with her, and why she's keen to lend her platform to prison reform:

Prior to Trump issuing the pardon many political pundits were unsure if he was just using the meeting with Kim to get publicity; in the past Trump has actually called for much tougher punishments for drug-related offenders, even saying he'd be for introducing the death penalty for drug traffickers (Ms. Johnson is a convicted trafficker).

In its statement the White House said:

"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."

The news is certainly something to celebrate and Kiki's family seem very proud of her for using her influential platform for such a worthy cause.

Sister Khloe Kardashian tweeted @Kim that she was "constantly amazed" by her sister's "determination". Adding, "You did what was right!".

Staying humble, Kim said, "I hope to continue this important work by working together with organisations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition."

According to CNN, Ms. Johnson is expected to be released from prison soon.

So nice to report happy news :)