NCIFIWG in The Daily – Last symposium of the year! - On Friday, Dec 3, the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls conducted their final symposium of the year at University of Washington.  Both currently and formerly incarcerated women shared their personal experiences.          
ferrell-head Ferrell Scott and Craig Cesal in Washington Post - On the heels of a list of clemency denials released by the Dept of Justice, on November 29, 2016, reporters reached out to CAN-DO seeking information about select individuals that sent shock waves through the prisoner advocacy organizations, such as pot lifers, Ferrell Scott and Craig Cesal who were both…
lori-head Lori Kavitz in Washington Post and USA Today - Lori Kavitz, #10 on the CAN-DO Top 25 was featured in the Washington Post on November 29 The Watch Opinion She got 24 years for her boyfriend’s meth. Even her sentencing judge supports clemency. By Tana Ganeva And was picked up by USA Today 2 days later: (NEWSER) – Lori…
Obama hits milestone, but too few women – Atlantic - President Obama shatters glass ceiling by granting more than 1,000 clemencies, but only 68 were women!       by, JULEYKA LANTIGUA-WILLIAMS Among the recipients in the latest group are Donna McDaniel, Cindy Shank, and Lisa Ball, all of whom received support from CAN-DO, an advocacy organization that promotes the…
Donna Summers Congrats to Donna McDaniel – 30 years – RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 11/22/16 - Angels are singing because Donna McDaniel has received JUSTICE THROUGH CLEMENCY!  Congrats to all her family, mother Sue Barrow, brother, Joe Jackson who already received clemency on the same case! Please sign Donna’s clemency petition. Her brother, Dicky Joe Jackson, recently received clemency from a life sentence for the same…
cynthia_shank_sm Congrats to Cynthia Shank – 15 Years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16 - While I would like to say that my time in prison has served to make me a better person, I can’t because that would be dishonest. I was once a contributing member of society, with a growing family. I am now divorced from my husband and separated from my daughters who need me desperately. At least a 1000 different times my daughters have cried out to me too "just come home."
amy-incarcerating-us Incarcerating US; a socially relevant documentary - New film, Incarcerating US, features Amy Povah’s clemency from President Clinton that inspired her to start the CAN-DO Foundation and why she’s driven to help others seeking mercy through clemency. Women often serve time due to the actions of their significant other: Most people serving 20 years to life for…
‘Thanksgiving in Prison’ by Amy Povah, in the Influence - CAN-DO’s Founder writes about her worst Thanksgiving in prison. This Op Ed captures the essence of what it’s like in a prison visitation room on Thanksgiving day!   Prisoners waiting to hear if they will receive clemency are becoming anxious.  On October 27, 98 more people were given the best…
San Francisco Chronicle Op Ed by Amy Ralston Povah CAN-DO Op Ed in San Francisco Chronicle – Thanksgiving pardons - Instead of sleepwalking through the obligatory turkey “pardon” on the White House Lawn this year, I wish President Obama would grant some real pardons — to humans. There is no better gift than hearing that your loved one has been freed from an unjust sentence. I should know.
Film about Michelle and Miquelle West on Revolt TV - Watch this short documentary by Revolt TV about Miquelle West’s quest to free her mother Michelle West, #2 on the CAN-DO Top 25.                            
John Knock CAN-DO in Business Insider about Clemency x 2 - CAN-DO founder, Amy Povah in Business Insider on Sept 15, 2016 and October 23, 2016. Business Insider #2: The pace is only getting more frenzied as Obama’s last day in office approaches, said Amy Povah, the founder of CAN-DO, a nonprofit that advocates for clemency applicants. CAN-DO communicates daily with…
LaShonda Hall in Knoxville Mercury News - Tray Rock volunteered to be a “Guardian Angel” for several clemency applicants, including LaShonda Hall.  She organized a rally in LaShonda’s hometown of Knoxville that was covered by The Knoxville Mercury news: The female population serving time in prison increased more than 700 percent between 1980 and 2014, according to the…
donella-harriel-head Clemency Recipient Donella Harriel in the Influence - Donella Harriel has been writing to CAN-DO founder Amy Povah and CAN-DO Prison Outreach Coordinator Malik King for over a year.  But after the euphoria of winning the clemency lottery on August 3rd wore off, Amy started getting emails from Donella expressing concern about whether she would be released, due…
“Why we Badly Need More Clemencies for Women” in The Influence by Amy Povah - “I Got a 24-Year Sentence for MDMA My Husband Made”—Why We Badly Need More Clemencies for Women by Amy Ralston Povah for the Influence – a cutting edge publication that focuses primarily on the war on drugs. September 22nd, 2016 by Amy Povah July 7, 2000 was the greatest day of…
Anrica Caldwell’s Op Ed in The Influence - Anrica Caldwell knows all too well what it’s like to stress over the clemency lottery each time the list is released by the White House.  She shares her emotions in an Op Ed, relatable to thousands who also have a loved one in federal prison, waiting to learn whether they…
Truthout.org Focuses on Clemency and the Guardian Angel Program - Victoria Law, a reporter for Truthout.org has written another exceptional article about clemency and interviewed several of the CAN-DO/Crack Open the Door Guardian Angels who are assisting clemency applicants. “I don’t understand the logic of the denials,” said Amy Povah, founder and president of CAN-DO Clemency, a national organization that…
Amy Povah and Miquelle West on Fox 11 with Christine Divine CAN-DO’s Amy Povah and Miquelle West on Fox 11 News - Fox 11’s Christine Divine aired a segment devoted entirely to President Obama’s clemency project on August 19th, at 10:30 pm PT.  It began with the story of Josephine Ledezma, followed by an interview with CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah and Miquelle West, daughter of Michelle West who is currently #3 on…
68 Women Have Received Clemency - CAN-DO is proud that 30 of our female members have joined a very small and distinguished group of women who have received Executive Clemency.  Lets #FREEHER by supporting clemency for more women! Names in red are CAN-DO members. 1. Jasmine Allen 05/05/2016 Florida Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more…
STATS on WOMEN IN PRISON - STATS ON WOMEN IN PRISON And Clemency Recipients – 22 CAN-DO members have received clemency – see list below: Although the rate of incarceration for women continues to be far lower than the rate for men (58 of 100,000 women versus 896 of 100,000 men), the number of women imprisoned…
danielle_metz_sm Danielle Metz – Life Sentence Received CLEMENCY on 8-30!!! - In 1993, at the age of 26, Danielle Metz was sentenced to serve three life sentences plus twenty years for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. It was her first conviction. Evidence suggests that Danielle never knew that her husband, Glenn, was involved in drugs. When they married, he was 30 years old and she was 18.
timtyler2 Clemency for Tim Tyler – Life Without Parole Received CLEMENCY on 8-30!!!! - Message from Tim:  At 3:19 pm on 8-30-16 Hi, I was just called to the office and talked to Professor Ogilvy at the Catholic University. He informed me that I received clemency today. It will be a two year release date with a condition that I do a drug class…
pauline_blake_sm Pauline Kay Blake – 24 Years Received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16!!! - I am a strong woman and when I do get home I will do my best to restore all the love we have missed. I have a grandchild now! I hope to volunteer part-time at a homeless shelter because my boys have all ended up with out a place to sleep off and on for years. I pray that someone will find me worthy of clemency and let me go home so I can prove to others and myself that I deserve a second chance at a sober life. I now have the skills I never had access to before prison.
Charceil Charceil Kellam – Life Without Parole received CLEMENCY! - Name: Charceil Kellam #059920-084 DOB: 3-3-64 Age:52 Children:Perry 33,Elijah19,Nyjah14 Charge: Conspiracy to dist, poss, poss to dist. Sentence: 2 LIFE PLUS 30YRS Release Date: unknown Served: 10 yrs sept-2016 locked-up since sept.2006 Started Sentence: sentenced Aug27,2007 Priors:2 petty misd.for drugs (1) felony for a pipe,shoplifting,public assit.fraud failure to report Prison Conduct: a few…
Four CAN-DO members receive clemency on 8-30! - We are elated to spotlight Four CAN-DO members who received clemency out of 111 that were given clemency by President Obama on August 8, 2016 For more information about our Five CAN-DO members click on links: 1.  Danielle Metz was #2 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women.  2. Tim Tyler…
Josephine_Ledezma_sm Josephine Ledezma – Life Sentence Received CLEMENCY! - Josephine (Josie) was a teacher’s aide who married her high school sweetheart and had three children. She was never involved with drugs, never used drugs, nor had any desire to be involved in drugs, but like many women she was willing to do a favor for a family member.
Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 4.36.12 PM Dicky Joe Jackson Serving Life Received CLEMENCY!!! - Talked to Joe Jackson today – he walked out of prison today, Sept 31st!!! Free At Last! Got word from Joe’s daughter April that her dad was one out of 214 people to receive clemency! It’s been a long journey but the suffering is over! Let the healing begin! Emails…
Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 9.45.58 PM Watch our 7 minute video of women who have received clemency!!! - The CAN-DO Foundation is a 501(c) (3) that operates on a volunteer basis.  Not one person working for CAN-DO receives a salary.  We are small group of formerly incarcerated people.  Most the people in our Guardian Angel program are formerly incarcerated or a family member of a clemency applicant who…
Pres Obama President Obama grants historic 214 clemencies in one day – 7 are on CAN-DO Top 25! -   “I served time with Josephine,” said CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah.  “This was the best news I’ve received since I heard that Angie Jenkins received clemency.  We were all together at FCI Dublin. We spent many hours in the law library, but what I remember most about Josie was her…
Josephine_Ledezma_sm 13 CAN-DO Members Receive Clemency on August 3, 2016 - Watch out 7 minute video of clemency success stories! CAN-DO wants to thank everyone for all your hard work, support and tenacity in this herculean effort to save people from more years, if not a lifetime of suffering behind bars.  With your help, 13 CAN-DO members received clemency in the last…
CAN-DO Guardian Angel Project Join the CAN-DO Guardian Angel Program - Amy Povah of the CAN-DO Foundation and Jason Hernandez of Crack Open the Door, have teamed up with additional clemency recipients, such as Ramona Brant, Shauna Barry Scott, Angie Jenkins and more to assist clemency applicants seeking mercy through clemency by launching the Guardian Angel program.  In essence, clemency recipients…
michelle_west_sm Michelle West’s story in Fusion by Casey Tolan - How a woman who’s served 23 years in prison raised her daughter from behind bars by Casey Tolan for Fusion   Please read/share this article on social media and sign Michelle’s Change.org petition. Michelle is #3 on the CAN-DO Top 25.   
The HIll_thumg PM CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in The Hill Pushing CJ Reform - CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah is taking on Senator Tom Cotton because he’s holding up a bipartisan bill for criminal justice reform entitled The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.  Senator Cotton is from Amy’s home state of Arkansas but it was her home town of Charleston, Arkansas that created…
Amy Povah Op Ed in Fusion Urging President to Pardon More Women by Amy Povah - When Amy Ralston Povah was escorted across the compound at FCI Dublin, after President Clinton granted her clemency, she told the women she would never forget them. Fifteen years later, Amy is still fighting to garner attention for the women who have been locked up for decades and need relief.…
CAN-DO Influenced Three Articles on Conspiracy Laws: Reason, Huffpost and The Kind - Three informative articles were published this week that focused on conspiracy laws which has been part of the CAN-DO mission statement.  All three articles went live over the course of seven days, as follows: FIRST ARTICLE in Reason: by Lauren Krisai |Apr. 29, 2016 10:20 am How Conspiracy Laws Let…
Amy Povah CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in New York Times - January 26, 2015 Amy Povah, founder of CAN-DO; P.S. Ruckman, a pardon expert and member of the CAN-DO Advisory Board and Sam Morison, former Pardon Staff Attorney for 13 years contributed to this NYTs debate. Using Mark Wahlberg’s request for a pardon as a magnet to focus on the pardon…
Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 4.47.38 PM Clemency Recipients go to the White House, including CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah - On March 30, and 31st, CAN-DO President and Founder Amy Povah spent two days at the White House attending events focused on Women and the Criminal Justice System and Life After Clemency.  But that’s not all. Nkechi Taifa, a senior policy analyst for civil and criminal justice reform at the Open Society…
Fox CAN-DO’s Amy Povah and Miquelle West on FOX 11 with Christine Divine - Fox 11 Christine Divine interviewed Amy Povah and Miquelle West, daughter of Michelle West, a prisoner that the CAN-DO Foundation is assisting in her endeavor to receive clemency from President Obama before he leaves office. The Emmy Award winning Christine Divine hosts the Fox show; “22:30” that focuses on a…
Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 4.50.34 PM Celebs and Clemency Recipients Speak on Capitol Hill, including CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah - The Leadership Conference, ACLU and #CUT50 partnered for a spectacular day on Capitol Hill, March 31st, to lobby for The Fair Sentencing and Corrections Act of 2015.  Listen to speeches by celebs and a panel discussion moderated by Van Jones asking clemency recipients why this legislation must be passed.  CAN-DO…
Mary Rose Ziman Mary Ziman in Truthout: The Need for Compassionate Release – TWO PART SERIES - Victoria Law has written yet another compelling piece on the many negative aspects of mass incarceration.  Aging, Sick and Incarcerated: The Need for Compassionate Release   The CAN-DO Foundation provided Truthout with a few cases of women who are seeking a compassionate release, knowing the odds are greatly stacked against…
change CAN-DO Foundation has a Movement Page on Change.org!!! - The CAN-DO Foundation and Change.org have organized a massive clemency “movement” page, where many of our clemency applicants have an active petition on Change.org/clemency.  This has been an invaluable tool for anyone seeking support for a pending clemency petition.  On August 3, 2016, President Obama granted an additional 214 clemencies.…
Ed Kalegi CAN-DO’s Founder, Amy Povah on Ed Kalegi’s America Weekend - On June 22, 2016, Ed Kalegi and Christina Stoffo interviewed CAN-DO President and Founder Amy Povah about her work with the CAN-DO Foundation; the clemency project and our marijuana laws. Click the links below to listen or download the interview.   Right-click Here to Download the Podcast The interview aired…
EDGELOGO1 CAN-DO’s Amy Povah on Mark Thompson’s The Edge – I-heart radio - The Edge starts with a 10 minute blast of politics from political analyst and journalist Michael Shure talking with well known news caster and radio personality, Mark Thompson; a daily voice in Los Angeles on the most listened to talk radio station in the country, KFIAM 640 (available on the iheartradio…
Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 1.44.36 AM Ramona Brant’s Long Road to Freedom - In 2009 Ramona Brant came onto CAN-DO’s radar through the prison grapevine. According to Amy Povah: “Ramona Brant is a shining star and prime example of why I love doing what I do.  The most phenomenal women in my life are ones I either met in prison or I met…
peoplecover_205x273 Clemency Recipients Angie Jenkins, Ramona Brant and Amy Povah in People Magazine - Angie Jenkins, Ramona Brant and Amy Povah are featured in People’s Online Magazine as the REAL WOMEN of Orange is the New Black. Netflix is releasing the new season of Orange is the New Black and People Magazine provides a glimpse into the “real lives” of the characters on OITNB,…
Malik King Headshot Malik King – CAN-DO Prisoner Outreach Coordinator Meets Clemency Recipients - Prison Outreach Coordinator Malik King met with clemency recipient Efram Douglas on June 22nd and provided the following detailed summery of their encounter. Efrem Rahoman Douglas – Knoxville, TN Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment;…
Amy Povah in Reason Magazine on Drug Conspiracy Cases - Amy Povah started CAN-DO to not only promote and spotlight people seeking clemency, she included her desire to educate the public about the conspiracy law in the CAN-DO mission statement.  It hasn’t been easy because reporters typically have never heard about it and/or don’t understand it enough to want to…
Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 4.44.21 PM Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2015 - CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah goes to Capitol Hill  On April 28th, Amy Povah of CAN-DO joined ranks with members of other organizations, including The Leadership Conference, ACLU and #cut50; an initiative of Van Jones’ Dream Corps.  Together they walked the halls of Capitol Hill and stumbled upon Senator Elizabeth Warren of…
Watch the CAN-DO video of clemency recipients and applicants - CAN-DO was tasked with the almost impossible job of creating a film for the events surrounding the White House Briefing on Life After Clemency.  CAN-DO and Harm Reduction Productions teamed up with Earthstream Media to produce a video of that would put a face on the invisible lives of prisoners…
images Bill Maher Wants More Pardons – Thanks to CAN-DO - On January 20, 2015, CAN-DO sent a package to Bill Maher begging him to address the lack of Presidential clemencies for drug offenders, especially people serving time for pot on his show. This was the second time CAN-DO founder Amy Ralston Povah asked Maher to address the power of presidential…
Miquelle West CAN-DO worked with BBC on article about Family Members of Clemency Applicants - CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah and Jessica Lussenhop have been working together for over a year after Jessica called and asked Amy if she would put her in touch with some prisoners who were seeking clemency.  Jessica wanted to communicate with several over the course of many months to determine what…
Welcome to CAN-DO: Justice Through Clemency - Welcome to the CAN-DO Foundation justice through clemency CAN-DO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Nonviolent Drug Offenders. CAN-DO has access to numerous cases, many of which are presented on this website. We focus primarily on women because the CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah, vowed to…
White House Vigil for Clemency Applicants - On November 19, 2015, the CAN-DO Foundation performed it’s second annual White House Vigil for the many prisoners profiled on our website.  The Associated Press interviewed Jason Hernandez, the first Latino to receive clemency from President Obama and the video was posted on the USA Today website. Unfortunately, when AP…
Amy Povah CAN-DO in Buzzfeed News - CAN-DO President Amy Povah was interviewed by Buzz Feed and is quoted in the following article, as are two members of the CAN-DO Advisory Board, Dennis Cauchon, founder of  The Clemency Report and Beth Curtis, founder of Life For Pot: Obama’s Potential Clemency Push Can’t Come Soon Enough, Campaigners Say…
josephine_ledezma_cd_lg Sign Our Petition Urging President Obama to Free the Top 25 - The Top 25 Women Deserving Presidential Clemency is a list of extraordinarily worthy women whose time in federal prison should end. These women are serving multi-decade and life without parole sentences for non-violent drug offenses. (video & petition link included)
Jason Hernandez Josephine Ledezma and Rita Becerra featured in Fusion Op Ed by Jason Hernandez - Jason Hernandez wrote an Op Ed that was published in Fusion on 1/15/2016 entitled Why hasn’t President Obama granted clemency to a single Latina inmate? about the lack of any Latinas receiving clemency from President Obama.  Indeed, to date, there has not been a single Latina to receive mercy of the…
unnamed-3 Michelle West in Humans of New York and TruthOut.org - Michelle West was featured in Humans of New York and is currently on the HONY homepage for Brandon’s “Inmate Stories” series. Michelle is in a photo with her brother, instead of the original post because a prison guard (in the background) complained and asked that Brandon take down Michelle’s photo,…
2015 CAN-DO Awards for Extraordinary Advocacy Focused On Ending the Drug War/Mass Incarceration - CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER TO THE FOLLOWING CAN-DO AWARD RECIPIENTS Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Nora Callahan Founder of November Coalition for her selfless devotion to POWs throughout the 90s to present day.  Nora was motivated to start a prison advocacy group after her brother, Gary Callahan was sentenced to 27…
images-1 President Obama Commutes the Sentences of 46 Prisoners. - While we are happy for everyone who received a commutation, we look forward to many more deserving applicants who are waiting in the pipeline, many of whom spotlighted on the CAN-DO website.  Listen to President Obama’s comments on CNN News  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of…
Amy Povah, Founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Justice Through Clemency Clemency and Pardon FAQ - As someone who has actually been through the process of receiving executive clemency (I served 9 years of a 24 year sentence before being granted clemency by President Bill Clinton),  I thought I would share some important factual information that may help you understand the Pardon Process. Q and A about…
alicia-head Alicia Siller – 21 years 10 months – CLEMENCY GRANTED!!! - Alicia Siller received clemency on October 27, 2016  Messages from Alicia Siller: I just want to let every one know that I got the BEST news ever today. Obama signed off on my clemency. Ill be coming home soon. So I want to Thank every one that supported me. First and…