Trump commuted Alice Johnson's sentence after meeting with Kim Kardashian.

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, and it's big news.

Less than a week after his widely criticized pardon of Dinesh D'Souza, Trump commuted the sentence of Johnson, a 63-year-old black woman whose cause was taken up by Kim Kardashian West.

Johnson has been serving a life sentence as a first-time, nonviolent drug offender, a case that many say highlights the inequality of the criminal justice system. Johnson was a central talking point for prison reform advocates — a petition asking for her clemency received more than 200,000 signatures.


A week after Kardashian West visited Trump to ask for Johnson's pardon, the White House announced that Trump was commuting Johnson's case, meaning she'll soon leave prison and return to civilian life.

There's real momentum behind prison reform, but the work isn't over.

At a time when Democrats and Republicans seem split on virtually every issue, the topic of prison reform is a rare case where there has been some bipartisan unity.

Of course, there's also a lot more work to be done — on both sides of the aisle.

A prison sentencing reform bill recently passed the Republican-controlled House but faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Meanwhile, activists have taken considerable heat for lobbying Trump directly on the issue, but they say the need for justice reform overrides partisan reservations about Trump.

There is also criticism of the current reform bill, with progressive activists split over whether it's worth supporting a flawed piece of legislation some say doesn't go far enough. Some advocates argue that "incremental progress" is worth fighting for, particularly on an issue that has been stagnant for so long.

Kardashian West herself acknowledged there's so much more work to be done — something she plans to stay directly involved in.

Still, the commuting of Johnson's sentence earned a lot of praise, even from some of Trump's biggest critics.

Kardashian West was mocked by some for her White House visit, but she was working for a good cause and deserves respect.

In the days that followed Kardashian West's visit to the White House, both she and Trump were relentlessly mocked.

Some of that is understandable: Two reality TV stars with decidedly imperfect track records meeting to discuss a vital issue like prison reform is ... unusual.

On the other hand, Kardashian West is a major celebrity. Every decision she makes in public or private has real consequences. She took a risk to her public reputation and her financial bottom line by meeting with Trump.

And now Johnson is free. No matter what you might think of Kardashian West as a celebrity, she deserves respect for that alone.

Her critics should be taking notes. If you're going to engage in "Trump diplomacy," this is how it's done.

And hopefully she'll continue using her massive influence to help other people like Johnson get a second chance in life.

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While many of us have understandably let the challenges of 2020 get under our skin and bring us down, a young man from Florida was securing his place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Chris Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full triathlon.

For the majority of people, a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride or a 26.2 mile run would be difficult on its own. The Ironman competition requires participants to complete them all in one grueling race. In a statement, Special Olympics Florida President and CEO Sherry Wheelock called Chris "an inspiration to all of us." She continued, "We are incredibly proud of Chris and the work he has put in to achieve this monumental goal. He's become a hero to athletes, fans, and people across Florida and around the world."

Nikic's journey to become an Ironman started off as a challenge far less lofty. He and his father, Nik, created the "1 percent better challenge." The idea was to keep Chris motivated during the pandemic and beyond. According to The Washington Post, the idea was for Chris to improve his workouts by one percent each day because he "doesn't like pain" but loves "food, videos games and my couch." The plan was to keep building strength and stamina while keeping his eye on the grand prize of completing a triathlon. Nik told the Panama City News Herald, "I was concerned because after high school and after graduation a lot of kids with Down syndrome become isolated and just start living a life of isolation. I said, 'Look, let's go find him something to get him back into the world and get him involved,' so we started looking around and we were fortunate that at the same time Special Olympics Florida started this triathlon program, and I thought, 'What a great way to get him started, get him in shape and get him to make some friends.'"


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