Trump commutes Kardashian-backed offender's time

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Emotional moment Alice Johnson was released

Kim Kardashian met with Trump last week to put in motion what she had been working toward for the a year ago: to get Johnson back home to her family.

Hours after President Donald Trump granted clemency to Alice Johnson, she was released from prison.

Johnson, 63, had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after she was convicted of a first-time nonviolent drug offense and charges related to money laundering.

In an interview Thursday night with Fox News' Martha MacCallum on "The Story", Johnson expressed her gratitude for Trump's decision the day before to commute her sentence.

Kardashian West personally lobbied Trump and also met with Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump who has spearheaded efforts at sentencing and prison reform for the administration.

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

He also annulled the sentence of vice president Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

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"I want to say to President Trump, I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life".

Kardashian West joined what has been a long-running campaign for Johnson's freedom, spearheaded by the clemency foundation CAN-DO, friends and family.

A White House official familiar with the clemency process told United States media Mr Trump also continues to examine the cases of people who he believes have been victims of the criminal justice system.

Working outside the pardon process usually overseen by the Justice Department, Trump has appeared to favor cases championed by friends, celebrities or conservative media, or involve people he sees as rivals. She said she "was not only moved to tears, but moved to action". "Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget".

It ended up being a video on the news site Mic that caught the attention of Kim Kardashian West.

Scholl said he has clients convicted of homicide who've been sentenced to less time than Johnson.

Johnson's family has long campaigned for Alice's release, saying she is a "model inmate" and involved with numerous prison's programs, including working at their hospice center.

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