Johnson's supporters say she has been a model prisoner. During her time as an inmate, Johnson has written plays and become an ordained minister.
"To keep Miss Alice in prison for the rest of her life is morally and economically indefensible," said Brittany Barnett, who is part of the legal team set up by Kardashian West to represent Johnson. "She has more than paid her debt to society."
Prison reform advocates argue that lengthy sentences issued during the height of America's so-called war on drugs for nonviolent charges are cruel and inhumane. They also point out that keeping these individuals incarcerated is costly for taxpayers.
In his last years in office, former President Obama undertook a project to commute the sentences of certain nonviolent drug offenders.
While Obama commuted a record number of sentences, Johnson was denied clemency at that time.
Now Kardashian West and others are hoping Trump will act on Johnson's behalf.
Kardashian West is the latest celebrity to ask Trump to use his clemency power.
Actor Sylvester Stallone successfully lobbied Trump for a posthumous pardon of legendary boxer Jack Johnson.
Kardashian West's husband, Kanye West, is a Trump supporter. The president and West exchanged compliments on Twitter last month.
Trump has granted four pardons and one commutation since becoming president. All of the cases involved prominent figures or received a lot of media attention.
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