KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WBIR) — Joshua Smith spent five years behind bars in Kentucky for his involvement in drug trafficking but turned his life around. Since his release in 2003, Smith started a multi-million dollar company and a non-profit focused on helping former prisoners transform their lives.

Smith was awarded a full pardon Wednesday by President Donald Trump for his commitment to transformation.

Smith’s 2019 request for a pardon was supported by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, U.S. Representative Tim Burchett, Tennessee Department of Corrections Commissioner Tony Parker, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch.

“Today is a day of redemption that I attribute to God’s grace,” said Smith. “God rescued me in prison, and I have spent every day trying to help others who need transformation.”

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