Kiesha Johnson shook her foot as she waited on stage in a Portland State University ballroom in late March, eager to speak with the dozens of people who’d come to learn about the university’s efforts to help formerly incarcerated students.
“I’m not supposed to be here,” she began.
Less than two years ago, Johnson was in prison, serving a life sentence. Today, having received a commutation from former Gov. Kate Brown, she is a full-time student at Portland State.