After Life

After Life

My Journey From Incarceration to Freedom

Book - 2019
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Foreword by Kim Kardashian West

The true-life story of the woman whose life sentence for non-violent drug trafficking was commuted by President Donald Trump thanks to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West--an inspiring memoir of faith, hope, mercy, and gratitude.



How do you hold on to hope after more than twenty years of imprisonment? For Alice Marie Johnson the answer lies with God.

For years, Alice lived a normal life without a criminal record--she was a manager at FedEx, a wife, and a mother. But after an emotionally and financially tumultuous period in her life left her with few options, she turned to crime as a way to pay off her mounting debts. Convicted in 1996 for her nonviolent involvement in a Memphis cocaine trafficking organization, Alice received a life sentence under the mandatory sentencing laws of the time. Locked behind bars, Alice looked to God. Eventually becoming an ordained minister, she relied on her faith to sustain hope over more than two decades--until 2018, when the president commuted her sentence at the behest of Kim Kardashian West, who had taken up Alice's cause.

In this honest, faith-driven memoir, Alice explains how she held on to hope and gave it to others, from becoming a playwright to mentoring her fellow prisoners. She reveals how Christianity and her unshakeable belief in God helped her persevere and inspired her to share her faith in a video that would go viral--and come to the attention of celebrities who were moved to action.

Today, Alice is an icon for the prison reform movement and a humble servant who embraces gratitude and God for her freedom. In this powerful book, she recalls all of the firsts she has experienced through her activism and provides an authentic portrait of the crisis that is mass incarceration. Linking social justice to spiritual faith, she makes a persuasive and poignant argument for justice that transcends tribal politics. Her story is a beacon in the darkness of despair, reminding us of the power of redemption and the importance of making second chances count.

After Life features 16 pages of color photographs.

Publisher: [New York, NY] :, HarperCollins,, 2019.
ISBN: 9780062936103
Branch Call Number: 365.7 J661J
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 23 cm

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PiggyReads
Jun 22, 2020

This book is definitely an eye opener into the flaws of our criminal justice system. How on earth can a person possibly be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for a first time nonviolent drug offense? In Ms. Johnson's book, she talks about the circumstances that led to her imprisonment, how she coped with being in prison, and the good work she did while there, her fight for clemency, and her gratitude to Kim Kardashian, President Trump, the media, and many others who got her out of prison. Thank God that we have a conservative president who is working on fixing these problems and Thank God he showed mercy and pardoned Alice Marie Johnson.

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Jun 22, 2020

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Jun 22, 2020

"Out of a heart overflowing with gratitude, I thanked my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, President Donald John Trump, Kim, my family, and all the ones who'd fought for me." (Johnson pg. 252)

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