President Donald Trump on Friday issued a full pardon for Alice Johnson, a day after her speech aired at the Republican National Convention.

Johnson, a criminal justice reform activist whom he had granted clemency two years before, has been heavily featured by the president’s re-election campaign. She had served 21 years of a life sentence for for a first-time, nonviolent offence connected to a role she played in a cocaine distribution ring.

The 65-year-old first came to the president’s attention thanks to the celebrity advocacy of reality TV star Kim Kardashian West before he commuted Johnson’s sentence in June 2018. Kardashian West visited the White House to make a personal appeal to the president for Johsnon’s release.

 

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