Ex-Inmate Alice Johnson Gets Book, Film, TV Deals

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Alice Johnson, an inmate whose life sentence was commuted thanks in part to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West, has a book deal, along with deals for film and television rights, the Associated Press reports. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced that Johnson’s “After Life: My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom” comes out May 21. Kardashian West contributed a foreword to what Harper is calling an “honest, faith-driven memoir” and a “deep look into the systemic issue of mass incarceration.” Film, television and “life rights” were sold to Endeavor Content and One Community.

“I feel humbled that the telling of my story gives hope and my years of pain were not in vain,” Johnson said. “My life has forever changed because of Alice Marie Johnson,” Kardashian West said. “Her story is a gift that will now reach so many millions more through her book and film. I hope Alice’s case is just the beginning of a movement to help those left behind. I am invested in continuing to support Alice and this cause.” Johnson, 63, served more than two decades of a life sentence without parole for non-violent offenses before President Trump commuted her sentence last year. Kardashian West lobbied him in the Oval Office, a meeting which Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner helped arrange. On Tuesday night, Johnson was among those invited to sit with first lady Melania Trump and Trump family members at the State of the Union address. “Alice’s story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing — and the need to remedy this total injustice,” Trump said.

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