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Image    Kim Kardashian West said the inmate's release was the best news ever

Johnson was released the same day after serving 21 years in prison.

The White House released an official statement earlier this week saying that Alice Johnson had "accepted responsibility for her past behaviour".

When Kim Kardashian West learned that Alice Marie Johnson - a nonviolent drug offender serving a life sentence - would be freed, she broke the news to her while sobbing on the phone.

Last week, reality tv star Kim Kardashian West met with Trump to plead Johnson's case for clemency.

Alice Marie Johnson, the woman whose life sentence was commuted by President Trump this week, promised the commander in chief: "I will make you proud".

Sal Rodriguez is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group.

The Johnson gathered letters of recommendations from her warden and members of Congress in their initial effort to seek clemency from President Barack Obama. In a Twitter statement, Kardashian said, "I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon". Kardashian then reportedly reached out to Ivanka Trump who connected her with her husband and Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner who is working to rehaul American's prison system.

Johnson has already spent more than 20 years in prison. Pic Can Do Clemency
Image Johnson had spent more than 20 years in prison. Pic Can Do Clemency

Trump has taken a much different approach to presidential pardon power than his predecessor.

"Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget", she added.

While Johnson was deserving of clemency, the manner in which her case was brought to Trump's attention was unprecedented and raises fairness concerns, said Margaret Love, a lawyer who formerly served as the U.S. Pardon Attorney in the Justice Department.

Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case.

Johnson was convicted in 1996 of five counts of drug trafficking and one count of money laundering and sentenced to life in prison - despite the fact that it was her first offense.

Unlike a pardon, the commutation will not erase Johnson's conviction but will end her sentence.

"I had no idea that I was even facing a sentence like that because truly I felt that people who got life without parole had committed the most heinous crimes".

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