Kim Kardashian is asking President Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for her role in a multimillion-dollar drug ring.
According to Mic, the reality star and mother of three has spoken to White House adviser Jared Kushner several times in an attempt to prioritize the 62-year-old’s case, since viewing a video on the publisher’s website featuring the woman and tweeting it to her 60 million followers.
Alice Marie Johnson has been in prison for 21 years for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. pic.twitter.com/VFe29D2ve8
— Mic (@mic) October 23, 2017
Johnson has been imprisoned for 21 years since she was found guilty of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1997, according to a 2013 profile by Mic.
The single mother of four first got pregnant at age 15. She divorced her husband in 1989 and developed a gambling addiction, which resulted in the loss of her 10-year career at FedEx. She filed for bankruptcy and her home foreclosed, and one year later, in 1992, her son was killed while riding a scooter.
According to a Change.org petition called Grant Clemency to Alice Marie Johnson Serving a Life Sentence launched by one of her children and signed by almost 209,000 supporters, Johnson has led an exemplary life in prison, mentoring other inmates and becoming an ordained minister. She has even given Skype interviews with Yale University and Google.
“She has been in prison 21 years and will die there unless President Trump grants her clemency,” reads the petition.
Since then, Kardashian has also championed Cyntoia Brown‘s cause. Brown is a 29-year-old woman from Nashville who is serving a life sentence for murdering a male client when she was 16 after she was forced into prostitution.