US President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of Alice Marie Johnson whose release had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
According to report, Johnson had served nearly 22 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense.
The White House said in a statement on Wednesday that Trump had commuted Johnson’s sentence and that she “has accepted responsibility for her past behaviour” and been a “model prisoner.”
“Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates,” the White House said.
“While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,” it said.
Kardashian welcomed the commutation of Johnson’s sentence with a tweet saying it was the “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!”
The reality star met with Trump at the White House last week to appeal for the release of the great-grandmother convicted of cocaine trafficking.