Alice Johnson embracing newfound freedom after two decades behind bars

It read: "Ms Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades".

Alice Johnson, whose life sentence for drug offenses was just commuted by President Trump, said reuniting with her family upon being freed from prison was a "moment of shock".

Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, following Kim Kardashian's visit to the White House last week.

Her case had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who met with Trump in the Oval Office last week.

Johnson, who had been serving a mandatory life sentence plus 25 years for a nonviolent drug offense, also had a plea for the president to review more cases like hers.

Sal Rodriguez is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group. Applications are usually reviewed by multiple government attorneys before being shared with the president.

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

Though she had never before committed a crime before, Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It ends Johnson's sentence but does not remove her 1996 conviction.

"Because you now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons", he explained.

The Justice Department's declination to make any comments ads another layer to the inconsistency of the viewpoints among advisers in the White House on the clemency of this case.

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

Kardashian welcomed the commutation of Johnson's sentence with a tweet saying it was the "BEST NEWS EVER!" He pardoned the late heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

Alice Marie Johnson was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine, and had already served 21 years before Trump intervened.

Kardashian West told the Mic that while meeting with Trump, he "really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice".