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Alice Marie Johnson makes touching visit to prison years after Trump clemency

Alice Marie Johnson spent 21 years, seven months and six days behind bars for a nonviolent drug offense before she was granted clemency by former President Donald Trump in 2018. 

Now, Johnson is a well-known criminal justice reform advocate who, for the first time this week, revisited the prison in Alabama where she was held to spread her message of hope and second chances. 

“My message is never give up hope. Never give up hope,” she told Fox News Digital in a message to women across the nation who are incarcerated. “The only one who’s responsible for your hope is you.”

Johnson walked back through the doors of FCI Aliceville Tuesday to deliver the keynote speech for the prison’s first-ever graduation for its Life Corrections Program, an intensive 18-month, faith-based program that helps prepare prisoners to successfully reenter society. 

“One thing that I told the women, that the only way someone can take your life, no matter what your sentence is, is if you surrender it to them. Choose to live life. Choose to be light wherever you are. Because if there is even one pinpoint of light in a dark place, there’s no longer darkness. They’ll say there’s light in that room,” she said.

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