|19 years ago my family’s life changed forever when my mother, Alice Marie Johnson, was sentenced to Life in Federal Prison. She was one of thousands of first time, non-violent offenders who were given mandatory lengthy prison terms. She was sentenced as part of a larger drug conspiracy with 10 other codefendants who were given lesser sentences in exchange for their testimony against my mother who never sold drugs. My mother has accepted responsibility for her actions that led to her imprisonment and has used that experience to better her life and the lives of others.
Since being incarcerated my mother has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister. She has also written, directed, and produced several plays and writings for conferences outside of prison walls, choreographed dance teams, and completed many classes and certifications. In addition, she was selected as the #1 Inmate Deserving Clemency by the CAN-DO Foundation in 2015. She was also featured in the ACLU’s Report, A Living Death. Mama’s supporters include Congressman Steve Cohen (D) Tennessee, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) Mississippi, and Congressman Marc Veasey (D) Ft. Worth, Texas.
Her desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism. Alice is the mother of 4 children and has 4 grandchildren. She will be 61 years old in May 2016 and it serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. She is currently petitioning the United States Pardon Attorney’s Office for clemency. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return.
Please sign and share this petition to show your support and to ask President Obama to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who wants to use her experience to assist others and give back to her community. Justice should never be without mercy.
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To learn more about Alice, please check out her profile on the CAN-DO Foundation’s website at http://www.candoclemency.com/alice-marie-johnson