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July 20, 2019

Woman whose drug sentence was commuted by Trump after Kim Kardashian lobbied for her is writing autobiography

February 6, 2019
Alice Johnson (c.), one of President Trump’s special guests at his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 5, 2019. reacts as he acknowledges her during his speech. (SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)

Fresh off her appearance at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, a woman whose life sentence was commuted by President Trump says she is writing a book.

Alice Marie Johnson’s whirlwind life story has yet another chapter, and she is sharing it with readers in a book titled “After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom.”


The autobiography features a foreword by celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who appealed to Trump for Johnson’s release.

Johnson, 63, served more than two decades of a life sentence without parole for non-violent drug offenses before Trump commuted her sentence last year.

Kardashian West personally lobbied Trump on Johnson’s behalf in an Oval Office meeting.

"After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom," by Alice Marie Johnson with Nancy French.
“After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom,” by Alice Marie Johnson with Nancy French. (Harper/ AP)

“I feel humbled that the telling of my story gives hope and my years of pain were not in vain,” Johnson said in a statement.

Trump recognized Johnson during his State of the Union address, and Johnson appeared deeply moved as she stood and dabbed her eyes during the speech.

“Alice’s story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing — and the need to remedy this total injustice,” Trump said during his speech as Johnson, wiping tears from her face, received a standing ovation.

“Alice, thank you for reminding us that we always have the power to shape our own destiny.”

Her benefactor said she was happy that Johnson was getting her moment.

“My life has forever changed because of Alice Marie Johnson,” Kardashian West said in statement. “Her story is a gift that will now reach so many millions more through her book and film. I hope Alice’s case is just the beginning of a movement to help those left behind. I am invested in continuing to support Alice and this cause.”

In December, Trump signed bipartisan legislation that gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders.

Johnson launched a prison ministry while she was locked up.

Financial terms for Johnson’s book and film and television deals were not disclosed.

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