Johnson learned Wednesday that her life sentence plus 25 years for her role in a cocaine distribution ring, a nonviolent drug offense, was being commuted by Trump through a phone call from Kim Kardashian West.
Johnson was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for her involvement facilitating communications within a 1996 cocaine trafficking operation.
"I'm grateful to the president for allowing Alice to go home after 21.5 years in prison and to Kim Kardashian for her advocacy on Alice's behalf".
On Johnson's release the White House released a statement attributing her pardon to her being a "model prisoner". "I can't wait to get back on the workforce and get back to my community", she told a gathering of family members and supporters.
One week after meeting with Kardashian West, Trump signed a commutation for Johnson.
During the phone interview with Anderson Cooper Wednesday night, Johnson said she received the news via a phone call from Kardashian herself earlier today, something Kardashian also tweeted about. She visited the White House last week of press Johnson's case.
News. Relieved, Kardashian tweeted, "BEST NEWS EVER!". Trump previously issued clemency to former sheriff Joe Arpaio, Scooter Libby, Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, boxing champion Jack Johnson, and right-wing pundit Dinesh D'Souza.
Johnson is the second person commuted by Trump since taking office.
"Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance", she continued.
While in prison, where she became a grandmother and great-grandmother, Johnson enrolled in educational and vocational programmes, volunteered to help sick and dying prisoners and helped coordinate the prison's Special Olympics. "The only thing I can do is to make him proud that I he did it and not disappoint him", she said.