11:27 AM PT -- Kim just revealed she was the one who shared the good news with Alice, saying, "The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories. Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget."
Her attorney, Shawn Holley, added, "I just got off the most wonderful, emotional and amazing phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers ... It was a moment I will never forget."
10:24 AM PT-- KKW just released a statement, saying, "I’m so grateful to President Trump, Jared Kushner and to everyone who has showed compassion and contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson. Her commutation and forthcoming release is inspirational and gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance."
She continues, "I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition."
Our sources tell us the Prez signed off on Wednesday, and Alice will soon be released from the Aliceville Correctional Facility in Alabama. We're told she's heading straight home to be with her family.
The 63-year-old grandma's case became national news last year when Kim tweeted about it -- she was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges ... her first offenses.
Many expected Johnson to be released in December 2016 when Obama granted clemency to many similar nonviolent offenders ... but Alice was passed up. Not long after, Kim K started pushing hard to make it happen ... and Alice wrote her a heartfelt thank-you note.