- Alice Marie Johnson: Obama's clemencies are heartening, but there are thousands like me still waiting
- I take responsibility for bad choices, but my life would be different if I were sentenced today, she writes
Alice Marie Johnson is a 61-year-old grandmother who has served 20 years in prison for a first time non-violent offense. An online petition on her behalf has garnered more than 100,000 signatures. The opinions expressed here are hers.
(CNN)The week before Christmas, President Obama gave a second chance -- in the form of clemency -- to 231 people. I was not among them, but since many of them, like me, were incarcerated on drug-related charges, I feel I know their stories.