Tynice Hall, 36, is back home in Lubbock after her early release from Houston. She served nearly 14 years out of her 18 year sentence.
She was convicted on various drug charges in 2006 and originally sentenced to 35 years in prison without parole.
President Trump granted her clemency because of the work she's done to improve her life and those around her while incarcerated. After more than a decade and two rejections - she was finally released.
"It's my new start that I'm just so blessed and thankful to get a second chance for," she said.
Hall completed a number of job-training programs and apprenticeships, as well as coursework towards a college degree. She also taught other inmates and spoke to juvenile offenders. Through it all, Hall recognized her mistakes and reminds others it's not too late.
"That the next person's mistake doesn't have to be your mistake. It's easy just to walk away and it's not as hard as you think it is," she said.
Tray Johns has been an advocate for Hall sine the beginning. Her organization FedFam4Life helps women in the federal prison system that's become a "sisterhood for justice".
"Doing this social justice work we have far, far more losses than wins," Johns said. "So honestly, it feels amazing. I haven't stopped smiling. I haven't stopped talking about it."
Hall was also sponsored by the Can-Do Foundation. It's purpose is clemency for all non-violent drug offenders.
Hall plans to continue to further her education and finish getting her degree is sociology. For now, she's enjoying time with family.