The beginning of Alice Marie Johnson's story is all too common.
After being convicted of a nonviolent drug offense, Johnson was sentenced to life in prison.
She'd served over two decades of her sentence before Kim Kardashian West lobbied President Donald Trump to grant her clemency, which he eventually did.
Johnson's clemency was well-deserved, but now Trump's reelection campaign is using a video of Johnson's release to present Trump as a leader in criminal justice reform.
The video asserts that "President Trump got it done" when it comes to criminal justice reform, but like 16,241 other statements from him, this is completely false.
Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama made a historic order for the Department of Justice to phase out the use of private prisons, which incentivize keeping as many prisoners locked up on the slightest offenses for as long as possible. More often than not, those who bear the brunt of these cruelly harsh sentences are Black Americans and other Americans of color.
Upon entering office, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Justice Department move under Trump's orders. Since then, government spending on private prisons has doubled, playing a crucial part in the caging of undocumented immigrants.
Trump has routinely promoted violence against those who protest the unfair systems that see Black and Brown Americans in private prisons as means to a profit.
People began calling Trump out for his performative criminal justice reform.
The nation rejoices that Johnson is finally free, but for hundreds of thousands of others, that same freedom won't come without actual criminal justice reform—reform that doesn't fit into a 30 second Super Bowl ad.