Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is advocating a Presidential pardon on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson, 63, currently held at the Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Aliceville. Johnson is serving a sentence of life in prison with no parole for a 1996 conviction of drug conspiracy and money laundering.
Kardashian was scheduled a meeting at the White House on May 30. It was first thought Kardashian would not be meeting directly with President Trump but with the President’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner. President Trump later confirmed the face-to-face meeting with a message and picture on Twitter. “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.” The picture showed the President sitting at his desk in the Oval Office and Kardashian standing beside him.
The President and his staff have spoken out about prison reform, but the President has also been vocal on possible policy changes and tougher sentencing for drug dealers, including the death penalty.
Johnson was convicted in 1996 on charges revolving around a cocaine trafficking operation based in Memphis, Tenn. She was sentenced in 1997. It was her first offense. Johnson’s appeals have been denied by both appellate judges and the U.S. Supreme Court.