Alice Marie Johnson has been in prison for 20 years, serving a life sentence without parole for a non-violent drug crime. The 60-year-old mother was sentenced in 1996 for “attempted possession” of cocaine in Alabama. She claims ten people testified against her in order to get a lighter sentence, and that she never sold drugs, she just relayed messages between sellers and buyers. Now, she has a petition out for clemency that would let her walk free—but so far, all she’s done is wait.
When Sarah Kaufman of Vocativ contacted CAN-DO and asked to speak to a family member of someone waiting in the pipeline for clemency, we put her in touch with Tretessa Johnson, Alice’s daughter.
CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah is quoted at the end of the article, stating:
“The good will is there,” Amy Povah, founder of CAN-DO, a nonprofit advocating for clemency for certain prisoners, told Vocativ. “If we can just get the log down, wherever it is, to get the cases to Obama’s desk. Because I think he has the good will.”
Check out Frustration Grows As Clock Runs Out On Obama’s Clemency Program in Vocativ:
Please consider signing this petition on Change.org to support Alice Marie Johnson’s clemency.