Today, Alice Johnson, the newly exonerated great-grandmother, appeared on “Good Morning America,” to share the feeling of being released, her gratitude for Kim Kardashian and President Trump and the activist work she will continue now that she’s a free woman.
Johnson was convicted for a non-violent drug offense and was sentenced to life in prison. Johnson, with the help of years of advocacy and most recently the intervention of Kim Kardashian and President Trump, was released after 22 years.
On her new freedom, Johnson said, “It’s an amazing feeling. Especially just being with my family again. [Seeing her family yersterday] it was the most exhilarating feelings I’ve ever had. I wanted to jump into their arms.”
Then Michael Strahan asked her if she believed she paid her debt to society.
“Yes I do, Michael. I feel like I not only paid my debt but I overpaid my debt for the crimes that I committed. But I’m just so thankful. I’m not bitter about it. I’m just so happy that it has come to an end.”
Why she believes Kim Kardashian took on her case.
“From the very first when Kim heard about my story and we connected, we truly had a heart connection with this. She told me that she knew that it was meant to be. When I just popped up on her phone, she knew it was a moment, this is the person she needs to do something.”
What she would like to say to President Trump.
“I have not heard directly from the White House yet. But I’d like to tell President Trump that I am so grateful for everything you’ve done for and my family. This moment right now is happening because President Trump had mercy on me. And I’d like to tell him that please, please remember us, the others who had been left behind. Because there are so many, like me, who need to have the opportunity that I’ve had.”
At the end, Strahan said he hoped that Johnson makes the most of her newfound freedom.
Oh, I’m going to. I’m going to. Good Morning America!”
You can listen to Johnson’s full interview in the video below.