S2E10 (episode 20): Alice Marie Johnson on making the most of prison and sentencing reform
In this episode, Alice and Jeffrey discussed her journey to and from prison, making the most of time incarcerated, criminal justice and sentencing reform, the importance of telling stories of the incarcerated, and much more.
Alice’s book: After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom
Alice Marie Johnson is a former federal prisoner turned advocate who received worldwide attention when Kim Kardashian West advocated for her release from a mandatory life sentence without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug case. After almost 22 years in federal prison, Alice was granted clemency in 2018 by President Trump and a full pardon in 2020. Her powerful story has been deemed a “catalyst” for the passage of the First Step Act, the most significant criminal justice legislation in recent history.
Today, as the founder and CEO of Taking Action for Good, Alice puts human faces to problems in our justice system and provides a powerful voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves. She advocates for clemency and pardons for deserving individuals, policy changes that focus on redemption and rehabilitation instead of punishment, and reforms that provide hope and opportunity instead of prison time. Her story is chronicled in her memoir, After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom.
Alice was honored as one of four women designated as a “Women’s Right Defender” at the United Nations on International Women’s Day, received the CAOC Advocate for Justice Award in 2019, and just recently an Ebony Power 100 Honoree.. She has appeared on numerous media outlets advocating for criminal justice reform and has been a featured speaker and panelist at countless events and summits.
Her fight continues!