By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The hype over the commutation of her life sentence by President Donald Trump at the request of Kim Kardashian West has started to die down. Now, Alice Marie Johnson turns to a much harder task: beginning a normal life outside of prison.
Johnson wasted little time during her two decades behind bars, taking classes and choreographing dances for prison shows. At age 63, she has a job lined up as an office administrator at a dentist’s office.
Alice Marie Johnson, left, and her daughter Katina Marie Scales wait to start a TV interview on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Memphis, Tenn. Johnson, 63, whose life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump thanked him on Thursday for “having mercy” and said reality TV star Kim Kardashian West saved her life. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
She’s confident and happy, smiling widely during interviews. She promises not to waste her opportunity for a new life after her release from a federal prison in Alabama on Wednesday.
She knows others might not get that chance. Johnson plans to push for sentencing reform for first-time, nonviolent offenders.