Drug War Stories interviewed Amy Povah of CAN-DO in a Q and A about her activism, Obama’s clemency initiative, the drug war, the Trump administration, and what is on the horizon at CAN-DO. Read the whole story here.
Malik King was interviewed by John Odermatt of Lions of Liberty on April 14th for their segment called Felony Friday, about his communications with prisoners and the relationship he has garnered over the years that has made him a … Read the rest
Today is International Women’s Day and HIGH TIMES would like to recognize and salute the women in our community who have worked shoulder-to-shoulder to help bring about the legalization of cannabis in its various forms.
Legalization, decriminalization and putting … Read the rest
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made headlines for his comments on Sunday’s Meet the Press, when he pronounced that marijuana is “not a factor” in the War on Drugs and that solving the nation’s drug problem does not … Read the rest
Amy Povah was interviewed by John Odermatt for Lions of Liberty’s Felony Friday. She talked about her case, the conspiracy law, clemency and why we need more conspiracy cases scrutinized to understand the fundamental injustices and abuse that people … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
“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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
Vera Institute reached out to CAN-DO for a statement about the lack of women receiving clemency, something we are very passionate about and have devoted countless resources and energy toward. In this article: “The consequences that face the children and … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
CAN-DO President Amy Povah was the focal point of an article in Reason that used her case as an example to emphasize what is wrong with this nation’s conspiracy laws and why there should be more scrutiny and oversight. … Read the rest
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, … Read the rest
In 2007, Ferrell Scott was sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for possessing and conspiring to sell marijuana. Scott had no priors and has had perfect prison conduct. Yet when he appealed to President Obama for clemency, he … Read the rest
“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 … Read the rest
“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 … Read the rest
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.
Excerpts: “With about four months to go before Obama’s term ends, time is running out to even that proportion, according to Amy Povah, a former federal inmate whose 24-year sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2000.”
“Povah, who … Read the rest