CAN-DO in Congressional Quarterly - Sarah Glazer has written a thorough report on Women in Prison for Congressional Quarterly, citing CAN-DO, quoting CAN-DO President Amy Povah, and closing the article with the following: However, Povah, whose organization CAN-DO helped women prisoners file clemency petitions, expressed dismay at the small number of women — 106 —…
CAN-DO in Truthout - Victoria Law of Truthout focused on Michelle West, William Underwood and Leonard Pelletier who were championed by the media, clemency advocates, politicians and high profile celebs.  Most believe these people have already served far too many years in prison and deserved clemency.  Tragically, they were denied. “If you read Leff’s…
CAN-DO in the Outline – Post Clemency Intiative - The Outline featured several clemency recipients in an article by Marisa Aveling, including Schearean Means; #5 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women. “I think clemency was Obama’s way of performing triage on the broken criminal justice system, and for that I respect him tremendously,” said Amy Povah, founder of CAN-DO, a…
The irony of David Barren’s clemency in Reason… - CAN-DO Vice President Anrica Caldwell worked with C.J. Ciarmella, a reporter for Reason to delve into the ironic nature of her fiancé, David Barren’s clemency: “I’ve been commuted,” he told Caldwell in a flat voice, before pausing to take a deep breath, “to 30 years.” Caldwell says she went cross-eyed for…
U.S. News reports on pot lifers, Michael Pelletier and John Knock -   CAN-DO Foundation founder Amy Ralston Povah, a clemency recipient herself who helped prepare Pelletier’s application, says she’s holding out hope that Obama will issue a final list of commutations on Friday. “If a paraplegic serving life for pot is not worthy, then who is?” Povah says. “It’s frustrating, because…
330 clemencies were granted on 1/19/17 by President Obama – - Here is the final list under President Obama: President Obama Grants Commutations WASHINGTON – Today, the President granted commutation of sentence to 330 individuals: • Abdulmuntaqim Ad-Deen – Baltimore, MD Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; District of Maryland Sentence: 235 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (October…
Only 106 Women Have Received Clemency by President Obama - 44 CAN-DO women have joined a very small and distinguished group of women who have received Executive Clemency.  Sadly, only 106 women have received clemency, to date, by President Obama out of 1715 commutations. Obviously, it is still a man’s world. We have identified several women who deserve a reconsideration…
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 Sam Morison, former Pardon Staff Attorney for 13 years, who are both members of the CAN-DO advisory board, contributed to this NYTs online debate about “the purpose of pardons.” Using Mark Wahlberg’s request for a pardon…
Celebs share stories of our clemency recipients in #MySentence - Nothing makes all of us at CAN-DO happier than the moment when we learn someone we advocated for is given the greatest news of their life – that they are “going home.”  People like Dicky “Joe” Jackson, who was #5 on the CAN-DO Top 25 men.  Even more exciting are…
Vice writes about Crystal Munoz; 19 years for pot! - “Crystal is one of the few women I’ve worked with that has an opportunity to reunite with her daughters before they become women, before they grow out of the stage where they need their mothers to be hands-on,” reflected Amy Povah, the founder of CAN-DO Justice Through Clemency.  Read the…
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 #2 on…
CAN-DO in Huffpost: Still a man’s world…especially for clemency - Published 01/12/2017 03:39 pm ET | An alarming number of women, including first offenders have been denied clemency even if they fit all the criteria laid out by the Obama admin-istration, such as Lori Kavitz, Melissa Trigg and many more. Only 76 of the 1,176 individuals who received a commuted…
Business Insider publishes Open Letter from CAN-DO & the Council - CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah collaborated with The Council to write an ‘Open Letter’ to President Obama. We drew the interest of  Michelle Mark of Business Insider, who published the letter on Dec 12, 2016.  CAN-DO coordinated with other advocacy organizations plus reached out to, and secured 42 clemency recipients who…
Lavonne Roach and Ferrell Scott in Raw Story - Lavonne Roach’s mother needs a liver and cannot survive much longer – will President Obama reunite this mother/daughter before it’s too late?  Tana Ganeva writes about Lavonne’s desperation to see her mother and Ferrell Scott – serving life for marijuana – who was denied clemency in…Raw Story.  “Amy Povah, who…
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…
Women Have Been Failed by Obama’s Clemency Program – The Establishment - CAN-DO Fondation cited in the following article entitled: Obama’s Clemency Program Has Failed Incarcerated Women   As of January 17, 2017, over 1,385 inmates had received clemency or been pardoned; only around 90 of those people are women, as far as Amy Povah, founder and president of the CAN-DO Foundation, can…
Yale Law Students spotlight Clemency Applicants in Mic Op Ed - Yale Law Students, Xiaonan “April” Hu and Theo Torres, wrote an Op Ed that was published in Mic on December 30, 2016 that spotlights numerous clemency applicants that meet all the criteria of Clemency Project 2014, who are still waiting to learn whether their suffering will finally be over – or…
NATIONAL TOWN HALL: The Clemency Initiative - Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America hosted: National Town Hall: The Clemency Initiative that aired, nationwide on Dec 19, 2016 Panelists include: Van Jones, former President Obama advisor Amy Povah, recipient of clemency Sandy Ogilvy, Catholic University Professor Robert Ehrlich Jr., former Maryland Governor Watch the program here: …
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…
Glamour Magazine features CAN-DO Women, Cheryl Howard and LaShonda Hall - CAN-DO is elated to update this Glamour article with the exciting news that Cheryl Howard received clemency on 12/19/16  We want to thank all the hard working volunteers who assisted Cheryl on this journey, such as her daughter Lavithia Howard, Cheryl Ward, Bette Herman Davis, and so many more who…
CAN-DO in Business Insider October 23, 2016 -   “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 hundreds of inmates and their family members regarding their petitions, according to Povah, who herself was granted…
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…
Washington Post – Joy to the lucky and anguish to the disappointed - “It was a great day for those who won the lottery and one more disappointment for everyone in the pipeline who should be on the list,” said Amy Povah, a former inmate and the founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, a clemency advocacy group. Update: Weldon Angelos regained his freedom on…
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…
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…
“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…
CAN-DO in The Daily – Last symposium of the year for NCIFIWG! - 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.  CAN-DO Founder was one of three on the clemency panel: “Amy Povah, founder of the CAN-DO foundation, created a list of the top-25 women…
Truthout focuses on Clemencies 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…
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…
CAN-DO in High Times – Where are the women? - On President Obama’s last day in office, he granted another 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715—more than the last 12 presidents combined. But clemency advocates argue that Obama’s clemency policy consistently overlooked one group: women. “We’re upset he didn’t increase the number…
13 Women Seek a Reconsideration for Clemency! - Please President Obama, set these women free!  These women is this video presentation are seeking a reconsideration for clemency.  Only 76 women have received clemency from President Obama, to date.  Some first offenders with impeccable prison conduct have been denied – all of these women are worthy candidates:  Rita Beccera,…
LaShonda Hall is a perfect candidate for clemency – what went wrong? - The Guardian Angel Program was designed to help prisoners seeking clemency.  We have a team of volunteers, or “Angels” who communicate, one on one, and advocate on behalf of an applicant, and that doesn’t stop in the event they are denied.  In fact, when a worthy clemency applicant, such as…
Congrats to Deneise Quintanilla – LIFE – Received Clemency on 1/17/17 - Deneise Quintanilla is #4 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women – please sign her change.org petition.  Name: Deneise Anne Quintanilla DOB: 9/3/68 Race: White Marital Status: Married Age: 47 Children: 2 sons, 1 daughter Grandchildren: 2 Grandsons, 1 Granddaughter Charge: Conspiracy to PWITD & DIST Methamphetamine Length of Sentence: Life…
Congrats to Terry Anderson – 30 Years – clemency on 1/19/17 - Terry Anderson just received the gift of freedom from President Obama – we are elated – Terry can now reunite with her twin daughters and extended family! Please sign Terry’s change.org petition. Terry Lynn Anderson is #07 on the Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency DOB: 12-29-62 Age: 52 Race: White…
Congrats to Carolyn Bell – 21 years – Clemency on 1/19/17 -   Carolyn just received clemency from President Obama – she can now dream of her a future with her family – she can now “go home.” Name: Carolyn Bell #17268-064 DOB: November 29, 1972 Race: Biracial (Black and Vietnamese) Marital Staus: Divorced Age: 43 Children: 4 Grandchildren: None Raised: Lawton,…
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)
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, 2016 CAN-DO pitched the story to Tana Ganeva who was interested in writing about select clemency applicants who had filed for a sentence commutation. The Watch Opinion by Tana Ganeva Lori’s 24 year sentence…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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.…
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…
CAN-DO worked with BBC on article about Family Members of Clemency Applicants - BBC reporter Jessica Lussenhop contacted the CAN-DO Foundation seeking insight to worked together for over a year after Jessica contacted CAN0DO seeking a connection to clemency applicants.   Jessica wanted to communicate with several prisoners over the course of many months to determine what it was like to be on…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
209 Clemencies granted by President Obama on 1/17/16 – 3 from Top 25 - Congrats to CAN-DO Members,  Deneise Quintanilla, Lazaro Moreno and Andres Torriente received clemency today! WASHINGTON – Today, the President granted commutation of sentence to 209 individuals and pardons to 64 individuals: The President granted commutations of sentence to the following 209 individuals: • Pablo Abrugar Abulencia –Silver Spring, MD Offense: Conspiracy…
15 CAN-DO Members Received Clemency on 12.19.2016 - Monday, December 19, 2016 is a date to remember for 15 CAN-DO members, 4 women and 6 men were on the CAN-DO Top 25 Lists for Men and Women!  The ten featured in our photo were in the CAN-DO Guardian Angel program.  To date, Obama has pardoned 148 people and granted…