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…
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…
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…
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.…
MEET THE CAN-DO ADVISORY BOARD - CAN-DO has teamed up with some of the leading pardon experts and activists in the nation, including Sam Morison, P.S. Ruckman and Eric Sterling, just to name a few. Sam Morison provides invaluable insight and expertise with regard to the entire pardon process, having worked at the Office of the Pardon…
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…
CAN-DO Justice through Clemency What Constitutes a Federal Drug Conspiracy? -   Who Can Be Charged? – Anyone who has any type of agreement or knowledge in connection to others who have the intent to commit drug law violations, (whether or not the accused ever participated in the act) can be charged. When two or more people agree to possess, sell,…
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…
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…
Theresa_Crepeau_sm Therese Crepeau IS FREE Thanks to the 2 Point Reduction! - CAN-DO NEWS – 2 Point Reduction Really Helps Some Inmates! Congratulations to Therese Crepeau, who walked out of prison today after serving 21 years on a 26 year sentence thanks to the  new 2 Point Reduction program..  We can’t wait to hear all about her freedom day and reunion with her…
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…
beth_cronan_sm Elizabeth “Beth” Cronan – 28 Years – Receives 2 Point Reduction! - Congratulations to Beth Cronan #14 on the Top 25.  Beth’s mother, Jeanne, wrote to CAN-DO’s Amy Povah, to say she is beside herself with joy.  Her dream to hold Beth in her arms again will finally come true. The 2 point reduction (Drugs Minus Two) reduced  Beth’s outdate from 12/31/2022…
Do’s and Don’ts When Writing to the Pardon Attorney or President - Amy Ralston Povah (formerly Pofahl) launched a letter writing campaign from her cell while serving a 24 year sentence for drug conspiracy.  Together with a large network of freedom fighters, she obtained approximately 15 letters from Congress members who supported her clemency.  People from her hometown of Charleston, Arkansas got involved…
Michael Pelletier_headshot 04. Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot - Michael Pelletier is Serving Life for Pot – Please sign his petition on Change.org He is #4 on the Top 25 Men Who Deserve Executive Clemency in the Nation! Michael Pelletier, #11109-036 Offense:  Importing and Distributing Marijuana Sentence: Life without parole Incarcerated Since: 2006 Priors:  two minor pot related priors Date of…
craig_cesal_sm 06. Clemency for Craig Cesal – Serving Life for Pot - My offense conduct is limited to the repair of trucks damaged when marijuana had been smuggled within the structure of the truck, I never bought, sold, used, aided and abetted, nor participated in any marijuana activity; I only provided repair support for truck drivers who did so.
Russell Simmons Miquelle West Introduces Amy to Russell Simmons - Meet My New BFF  by Amy Ralston Povah On April 26th, Miquelle West, fashion stylist extraordinaire for Sean Combs company, Revolt TV and daughter of drug war lifer, Michelle West, came to Malibu so we could finally meet in person.  This woman is so amazing, so talented, so wise beyond…
Beth Curtis of “Life For Pot” in IB Times - Beth Curtis shines a spotlight on: These Men Are Serving Life Sentences In Prison For Selling Pot Fifteen years ago, Beth Curtis’ brother, John, was sentenced to die in prison. His crime? Selling weed. In 1994, John Knock was indicted by the Northern District of Florida. Prosecutors alleged that Knock,…
Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Silk Road Founder Gets Life Without Parole But These Lifers Did Far Less! - Social media erupted in shock and outrage when federal Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht to Life Without Parole for founding and operating Silk Road’s bitcoin funded drug market. The bulk of the comments about the verdict ran along the lines of “How can a nonviolent computer…
crystal_munoz_thumb Crystal Munoz Serving Over 19 years in Ladybud Magazine - Crystal Munoz is #11 on the CAN-DO Top 25 List of Women Who Deserve Clemency. Cheri Sicard (VP of CAN-DO) wrote an article about Cyrstal Munoz, serving over 19 years on a marijuana conspiracy case that was recently published for the second time in Ladybud Magazine.  The article exposes a…
Larry Duke - FREE AT LAST! Larry Duke is Free After Serving 26 Years on a Life Sentence for Pot! - We just got word via email from life for pot prisoner Larry Duke that he has gotten an immediate released. he received a compassionate release.  He served 26 years on a Life Sentence for Pot! Many people have been asking exactly what Larry filed to get his Sentence Reduction.  Below…
Congressman Lieu with wife, Betty and Tim Robbins CAN-DO Attends Congressman Ted Lieu’s Swearing in Ceremony - CAN-DO Founder Amy Ralston Povah and V.P. Cheri Sicard  attended (D-CA) Congressman Ted Lieu’s Swearing in Ceremony on Sunday, March 1 at UCLA’s prestigious Royce Hall. Directly after “God Bless America,” and before Lieu took the stage, the fire alarm went off and to everyone’s dismay, attendees were told it was…
gore_vidal_amy Amy in Action – CAN-DO Founder Amy Ralston Povah - Amy Ralston Povah Goes to DC – 2014   Amy Meets Gore Vidal Amy spoke to the iconic Gore Vidal about her CAN-DO Foundation. Vidal was outspoken about ending the drug war and congratulated Amy on her efforts to raise awareness to the horrible plight of mass incarceration. Rosary ceremony…
photo by Gage Skidmore Political Children Arrested for Drugs Who Got Special Treatment - Everyone who has (or had) a child in prison for drugs should be outraged by the double standard that applies in this country when the very politicians who voted for harsh sentencing laws use their clout to secure a special deal for their own children when they get caught with…
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.
images VICTORY for Medical Marijuana!!! -   Congress voted to reauthorize the 2015 Medical Marijuana Amendment, (also known as Rohrabacher-Farr amendment) by a vote of 242 to 186.       Medical cannabis patients scored another big victory today when Congress voted in favor of preventing the Department of Justice from spending any money to interfere in…
DEA AGENT SPEAKS OUT: Told Not to Enforce Drug Laws In Rich Communities - Drug Laws Not for the Rich! John Vibes for The Free Thought Project has written an amazing expose on the truth about the War on Drugs, per DEA agent Matthew Fogg who is now speaking out about details that CAN-DO has been saying for years about drug laws and their…
100th Anniversary of the First Marijuana Raid - CALIFORNIA NORML and COALITION FOR CANNABIS POLICY REFORM held a press conference on the LA City Hall steps to mark an infamous day in history: September 8, 2014 – The disastrous legacy of the war on marijuana will be addressed at a press conference to mark the 100th anniversary of…
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.
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…
barbara_scrivner_sm Barbara Scrivner Receives Clemency – 12/17/14 - CAN-DO NEWS FLASH BARBARA SCRIVNER RECEIVES CLEMENCY FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA Although it’s LONG OVERDUE – we could not be happier to hear that someone so deserving was finally rewarded with leniency after serving 21 years! Today, the Associated Press reported that: “The White House said the eight new commutations Obama…
anita_gage_sm Anita Gage Is NOW FREE After 24 Years!!! - Anita Gage walked out of federal prison at Victorville today, Monday, Sept 28th, 2015 after serving over 24 years on a 30 year sentence!  Amy Povah was able to talk to her and said, “Hearing Anita giggle was the best sound ever! She was with family, eating at a restaurant…
mary_ritcherson_sm Mary Ritcherson – After 30 YEARS – FREE AT LAST! - Formerly #11 on CAN-DO’s Top 25 List of Women Who Deserve Clemency  CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY – who walked out of prison on June 23rd after serving all of a very harsh 30-year sentence. Mary was given a bus ticket and arrived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she is now staying…
karan_daniel_sm Karan Denise Daniel is NOW FREE thanks to 2 point reduction. - I draw my inspiration from God and my Mother. My mother is very sick from Lupus and has been horribly sick for many years. She had pushed herself all these years to keep going so she could raise my daughter. My daughter was 7 years old when I came to prison she is now a beautiful 20 year old woman in college.