After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom comes out May 21, according to Harper, which calls it an “honest, faith-driven memoir” that offers a “deep look into the systemic issue of mass incarceration.” Rights to tell the story on film and television were sold to Endeavor Content and One Community, according to USA Today.
Kim Kardashian West, who wrote the foreword of the book, personally went to the White House and advocated on Johnson’s behalf to the president to help get her out of prison.
“I feel humbled that the telling of my story gives hope and my years of pain were not in vain,” Johnson said in a statement to USA Today.
Johnson served more than 20 years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense before her sentence was commuted by Trump in June. Trump honored the 63-year-old at Tuesday’s State of the Union.
“Alice’s story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing—and the need to remedy this total injustice,” Trump said. “Alice, thank you for reminding us that we always have the power to shape our own destiny.”
In December, Trump signed bipartisan criminal reform legislation that promoted prisoner rehabilitation and gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders, writes USA Today.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.