Alice Marie Johnson, now an advocate for criminal justice reform in the US, lobbied US President Donald Trump to release Tynice Hall, Crystal Munoz and Judith Negron, who she had been in jail with

By Ian Horswill


Posted on March 6, 2020

Donald Trump met four women he had granted clemency to with Kim Kardashian West, who had lobbied the US President to free Alice Marie Johnson from life imprisonment in June 2018, at the White House.

Alice Marie Johnson, who became an ordained minister while incarcerated, had her plea for clemency refused by Donald Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. Kim Kardashian West met Trump in late May 2018 to lobby for Johnson’s freedom and he agreed.

Johnson, now an advocate for criminal justice reform in the US, lobbied Donald Trump to release Tynice Hall, Crystal Munoz and Judith Negron, and it was Johnson, along with representations from Kim Kardashian West, who convinced Trump to grant clemency.

Crystal Munoz was Johnson’s “adopted daughter” in jail, while Tynice Hall and Johnson prayed together. Judith Negron performed with Johnson in dance productions.

“I knew I would always be in her heart, but I never knew she would advocate so hard for me,” Hall told the Washington Post on release. “She’s my secret angel.”

Munoz was pregnant when she was jailed. She gave birth in shackles and her case was used in the 2018 bill, the First Step Act, which bans the shackling of female prisoners in labour.

Her experience was highlighted in the 2018 bill the First Step Act, championed by Trump, that banned shackling of female prisoners in labour.

The White House tweeted the meeting between the women and the US President.

Trump has been criticised for bypassing the traditional way clemency has been granted in the US, seemingly ignoring recommends from the JUstice Department.

He appears to listen more to the likes of Alice Marie Johnson and the reality TV personality Kim Kardashian West. Its appeal is obvious, appealing to sections of voters that Trump might not easily identify with.