Trump: Grant Clemency to Grandmother Serving Unfair Life Sentence

Target: U.S. President Donald Trump

Goal: Release 62-year-old woman sentenced to life without parole over a first-time nonviolent drug offense.

Alice Marie Johnson is one of many African Americans serving mandatory life sentences for minuscule offenses. Over the past 21 years, this benevolent woman (who had her first baby at 15 yet graduated high school with honors) has been deprived of ever seeing the light of day again simply because she helped distribute drugs during financial distress. When Johnson lost her job at FedEx in 1990, she hesitantly resorted to working in the cocaine industry to make ends meet as a single mother. Everything reportedly went downhill in 1993 when she was arrested alongside 15 others, followed by being convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1997.

It is also alleged that Johnson’s co-conspirators were encouraged by prosecutors to testify against her to receive more lenient sentences. Based on such a potential character assassination, life in prison seems like a disproportional punishment if her only ‘crime’ involved working as a coded messenger between drug dealers and suppliers. Unlike some of her associates, never once did she directly deal or sell drugs herself. As stories emerge of Kim Kardashian West collaborating with Jared Kushner in hopes of influencing Trump to grant Johnson clemency, now is the best time to urge the president to show some compassion by signing the petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

Perhaps by now you are aware of your executive capability of pardoning certain individuals for federal crimes. Alice Marie Johnson is one worthy candidate. As the estranged mother of five children and four grandchildren, Johnson is 21 years into her life sentence without parole for being a first-time nonviolent drug offender. Like many other African American inmates, she will be spending the rest of her life behind bars over an unsubstantial low-impact crime that she committed long ago. Quite literally, her life rests in your hands if you’re gracious enough to grant her clemency.

Don’t doubt that Johnson has repented and is capable of thriving in society. Nowadays she serves as an ordained minister at her Tennessee-based prison and mentors younger inmates. On top of her many talents, Johnson also writes plays, choreographs performances, and aspires to a better tomorrow. If she were to be released, she would dedicate herself to reducing recidivism rates among ex-offenders. All things considered, it is apparent that Johnson deserves a second opportunity to be united with her family and community. Please grant her a second chance.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

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  1. gen agustsson says:

    this is false imprisonment. please release her now!

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