Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump Wednesday to discuss the case of Alice Marie Johnson, 62, and the possibility of granting her clemency. Johnson faces life in prison for a non-violent, first time drug offense and has, so far, served 21 years. Kim is advocating for Johnson's release from prison, and is "hopeful" her meeting with President Trump will yield positive results.
Kim has been corresponding with Jared Kushner, adviser to President Trump. Many have asked what Kim may have to do with prison reform and the answer is simple: she "fell in love" with Johnson's story and genuinely wanted to help. Kim went hinted in a Tweet that she may continue to advocate for others with similar cases: "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she —and so many like her—will get a second chance at life."
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So how does a normal person, or one without star power such as Kim Kardashian West, get to meet with the president to discuss clemency for a loved one? It is a much more complicated process, with paper work and lengthy waiting periods for a response. Further, the president can only grant clemency to a person with a federal offense. Johnson's case involved in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis in 1993. She was convicted in 1997 and is still not eligible for parole. While Kim Kardashian West is a household name for things other than prison reform and does not have extensive knowledge about the subject, she is using her platform for a cause.