Kim Kardashian intervenes for drug offender

A mom serving a life sentence for drug trafficking is receiving a helping hand from an unlikely source. ABC News' Ali Rogin reports.
2:11 | 05/07/18

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Welcome back a woman who's serving a life sentence for a first time drug conviction now has a celebrity advocate in her corner the end that celebrities going straight to the top to argue her case for presidential pardon. Here's Kelli Rogan. Portrait tests and Johnson seen here with her mother Alice. Hope is coming from an unexpected source and so exciting and so on. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian when Arafat that it was Kim it was right Larry you know club you know great. Alice Marie Johnson became involved in a drug ring in the mid ninety's after losing her job and struggling to pay her bills. She was sentenced to life in prison in 1997. On a cocaine distribution conviction her first ever. Great. Eight. Little money. Yeah. Name. So far she served 21 years and has become a model prisoner and mentored young women. Her daughter contessa never giving up on pursuing clemency for her mother I never see it she desired. It's just excess. That car according to a 2013 ACLU study there were more than 3000 people serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes. Just like Alice. 65% of them black last year allison's case hot tin car dash in high. She tweeted an interview with her saying this is so unfair part S Sheehan and her legal team have been working with the top administration. Last week she discussed allison's case over the phone with senior White House advisor Jared Kushner president Trump's son in law he could it. Yes Sotheby's your radar culinary roots to settle that's a shame. Right that she did and so you know she actually chose again Robin a major way. According to a recent study about two thirds of women who get released from prison ar rested again within five years. And if she gets a presidential part an Alice Johnson says she wants to devote her time to help reduce that rate. Helping women who get out of prison to stay out Alley wrote in ABC news the White House. Thanks to Alley for that reporting 21 years out.

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