Kim Kardashian West the star is now also the reformer

Kim Kardashian West the star is now also the reformer

US President Donald Trump has commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who has served more than 20 years in prison on a first-time drug offence.

Johnson learned Wednesday that her life sentence plus 25 years for her role in a cocaine distribution ring, a nonviolent drug offense, was being commuted by Trump through a phone call from Kim Kardashian West.

Johnson's attorney Michael Scholl said his client was a model prisoner for more than two decades.

Following the announcement, Kardashian took to Twitter to praise the President's "compassion" and to thank everyone who had contributed to the "countless hours" it took to free Johnson.

Christine Samra is a web and social media producer for KPIX 5.

Johnson was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine, according to the nonprofit Can-Do, which advocates for clemency for non-violent drug offenders.

"I made one of the worst mistakes of my life to make some quick money", Johnson said.

When Kardashian West learned of her case, she met with Jared Kushner and the president to push for her pardon.

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

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Video footage of Johnson leaving prison shows her running across the street and jumping into her family's arms.

As clemency petitions work their way through the system, the president routinely denies the "vast majority" of requests, a White House official said.

"But today is about Alice Johnson and we are elated the Kim Kardashian has done what others have not", she said.

"Because you now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons", he explained. While she celebrated her own freedom, she added that she hopes he will continue to consider cases much like her own.

She says that once Johnson's family joined the call, "the tears never stopped flowing".

"Don't make a permanent decision that can change your life forever based on a temporary situation", she said looking back at her past.

Jack Johnson received a rare posthumous pardon last month, after another actor - Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame - championed his case.

Alice Johnson, 63, said Mr Trump had given her another chance in life and restored her to her family.

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