At least Trump will get a summit with one Kim: Ms Kardashian set to meet Trump at the White House today to discuss prison reform and pardoning a first-time drug offender
- Kardashian, 37, will first meet with Jared Kushner to discuss prison reform before asking President Trump to pardon Alice Johnson on Wednesday
- A great-grandmother, 62-year-old Johnson is serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time drug offense
- The reality star first learned of Johnson on Twitter and reached out to Ivanka to set up the meeting
- The trip will mark a solo endeavor for Kardashian, as husband Kanye West nor the other members of the Kardashian clan will be in attendance for the meeting
- On Thursday, Trump pardoned the legendary boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913
Kardashian, 37, will first sit down with the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, before asking Trump to pardon Alice Johnson - a 62-year-old woman who is serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time drug offense.
The story about great-grandmother Johnson's conviction and incarceration caught the eye of Kardashian on Twitter earlier this year.
Ever since she has been campaigning for her release, and has been involved in months of talks with the White House.
She reached out to First Daughter Ivanka Trump and established a connection with Kushner, Vanity Fair reports.
Kardashian, 37, will first meet with Jared Kushner to discuss prison reform before asking President Trump to pardon Alice Johnson on Wednesday
A great-grandmother, 62-year-old Johnson is serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time drug offender
Kardashian will eat a meal with Jared and Ivanka before meeting with Trump. Pictured together in 2010 at the celebration of Perfumania
Her husband Kanye West, who is a Trump supporter, nor the other members of the Kardashian family will be in attendance for the meeting.
That she would 'explain to [Trump] that, just like everybody else, we can make choices in our lives that we're not proud of and that we don't think through all the way.'
Kushner has pulled from his father Charles' own year-long incarceration in 2005 - for tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions, and witness tampering - to push prison reform high on his agenda.
He has been a vocal supporter of the First Step Act, created to offer job training and drug-treatment programs as an incentive for inmates.
It would also allow for nonviolent offenders to have their last bits of sentences served in halfway homes or house confinement.
Kanye won't be tagging along with his wife, when she goes to speak with President Trump
Trump, seen speaking at his rally in Nashville on Tuesday night, pardoned the legendary boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913
'If we can start showing that we can make the prisons more purposeful and more effective at lowering the recidivism rate over time, that may help the people who are trying to make the argument for sentencing reform,' Kushner was said to have said in the East Room earlier this month.
But the work Kardashian and Kushner hope to do could be undermined by the Trump administration's already shady record with prison reform policies.
Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that gave more leniency for low-level drug offenders, as one of his first moves as attorney general.
The move allowed for more punitive charges to be given out.
But Trump has been lenient dealing with pardons, having just done so on Thursday with Jack Johnson - the legendary black boxer who was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913.
The act made it illegal to transport women across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. The act was mostly used to help prohibit interracial relationships.
Prison reform has been placed high on Kushner's agenda since his own father was incarcerated in 2005 for a slew of crimes and only served a year
WHO IS ALICE JOHNSON AND WHY IS KIM KARDASHIAN INVOLVED?
Alice Marie Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of drug dealing in 1996.
It was her first conviction and her 15 conspirators all testified against in exchange for having their charges dropped.
The 63-year-old grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was married and pregnant by age 15.
In 1989, she and her husband divorced. Her life started to crumble as she struggled, as a single mother, to try and be financially stable for her five children, reports Mic. However, in 1990, because of a gambling addition, she was sacked by FedEx Corporation.
After filing for bankruptcy in 1991, Johnson lost her house. The next year, a scooter accident claimed the life of her youngest son, Cory.
It was while she was at rock bottom that Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, where she acted as a go-between and passed on messages to drug dealers, relaying coded messages like 'everything is straight' by telephone.
While admitting to acting as a middle man for the drug traffickers, passing on the messages in code via telephone, Johnson claims she never sold drugs.
She was arrested along with 15 others in 1993 on charges including conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering.
But ten of her alleged co-conspirators turned against her in exchange for reduced sentencing or dropped charges.
During the trial, evidence showed an operation with Texas-based Colombian drug dealers and their Memphis connections trading tons of cocaine for millions of dollars in cash, according to a report in The Tennessean (Nashville) in 1997.
At the time of Johnson's February 1997 sentencing, federal laws mandated a life sentence, despite the fact Johnson was a first-time, nonviolent offender.
US District Judge Julia Gibbons, who sentenced Johnson, called the then 42-year-old the 'quintessential entrepreneur' of the drug ring.
'And clearly the impact of 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in this community is very significant,' Gibbons said at the sentencing.
Johnson is now 21 years into her life sentence at FCI Aliceville, in Aliceville, Alabama.
Her eldest daughter Tretessa Johnson, told Mic several years ago, ‘It’s like a waking death; it’s like the person is alive but they’re not. There’s never a point of closure, ever. It’s heartbreaking for me.’
Tretessa has organised an online petition, via change.org, calling for her to be released, explaining that her family’s life 'changed forever' when she was sentenced to life in federal prison.
She said her mother had explained that she became a telephone mule passing messages between her co-conspirators after losing her job at FedEx.
Alice Johnson is quoted on Tretessa's petition: ‘I couldn’t find a job fast enough to take care of my family. I felt like a failure.
'I went to a complete panic and out of desperation I made one of the worst decisions in my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy’.
Tretessa said that her 'mom's desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism.
'It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return.'
During her time in prison, Johnson has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor, a biography from Can Do Clemency reports.
She has gained a large following of people pushing for her to be granted clemency. Part of this push saw her story turned into a short video, which went viral on social media.
Kim Kardashian saw the video and retweeted it to her millions of followers with the caption: 'This is so unfair' in October last year.
Since then, she has been working to help Johnson receive clemency from President Donald Trump.
The reality star had her personal lawyer begin working on Johnson's case, the New York Daily News reported, and has spent months in conversation with Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to Trump and his son-in-law, on the topic.
In late November, a grateful Johnson penned a moving letter to Kardashian, saying her efforts were 'literally helping to save my life'.
'I was drowning, and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope,' she wrote.
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