The Power of Clemency
Alice Marie Johnson
On June 6, 2018 President Donal Trump pardoned Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who was serving a life sentence for a first time drug offense. Ms. Johnson, a mother, grandmother, and author captured the attention of the criminal justice activist community. There are many people to thank for her release, and Operation Restoration is honored to have played a part by helping to amplify her voice at the Real Women, Real Voices Symposium in 2016.
To read about Ms. Johnson's story in her own words, click here.
Though Ms. Johnson's pardon is wonderful, there are still many women incarcerated for far too long and serving times for charges that they do not deserve. We want to bring attention to these other women who deserve to come home to their families and communities while we work to bring them home and ensure that no more women are victims of the criminal justice system.
In 2015 Essence Dyson was charged with second degree murder and aggravated battery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was the passenger in the car during a shooting that resulted in the death of an 18 year old. She was charged as an accomplice in the murder.
Santra Rucker was sentenced to 13 life sentences in 1999 after being charged with intent to distribute. While incarcerated she has completed every class and program offered. She has a daughter who she hopes to spend time with after already serving 20 years in federal prison.