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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…
Federal Sentencing Guideline Chart - It’s important to understand how federal defendants are sentenced by judges who no longer have the ability to judge the mitigating circumstances of any given human being standing before them.  Doesn’t matter if a woman was a victim of well documented domestic violence and had no ability to leave a…
MEET THE CAN-DO ADVISORY BOARD - CAN-DO has teamed up with some of the leading pardon experts and activists in the nation, including Mark Osler, P.S. Ruckman, Sam Morison, Andrea James and Eric Sterling, just to name a few. Professor Mark Osler‘s work advocates for sentencing and clemency policies rooted in principles of human dignity. In…
Welcome to CAN-DO: Justice Through Clemency - CAN-DO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates [C]lemency for [A]ll [N]on-violent [D]rug [O]ffenders. These are the faces of the drug war. Behind every face is a human with a story. Overly punitive drug laws create negative consequences that trigger a chain reaction upon innocent family members, friends and our society. Most of these people have been locked up for decades. Until our drug laws change, the only relief these people have for mercy is clemency.
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…
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…
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…
Pat Williams – Treasurer - Patricia Williams (Pat) was born in Paris, the daughter of a US WWII officer and a French mother. She grew up in France and on a plantation in the Belgian Congo (now the Dem Republic of the Congo). She experienced civil war and survived the “massacre of Stanleyville” before coming…
Georgean Arsons – Research Director - Georgean Arsons became personally familiar with nonviolent drug offender issues and the federal Bureau of Prisons because her son served a federal prison sentence as a first-time nonviolent drug offender. Through this experience extending over many years she realizes the great need to provide support to the disenfranchised and often…
Video of Lauren Cesal seeking clemency for her Dad, for Craig Cesal -   Watch the video CAN-DO and Earthstream created of Craig’s daughter Lauren asking for her father to be set free. Craig was on the Clemency and Justice Reform Radiothon and due to the prison phone time limitation, was not able to finish, so here is the rest of the story:…
Clemency Recipient Trevis Love Credits CAN-DO! - According to clemency recipient Trevis Love, “Amy and you [Malik King] sent a very important email out back in early April that really motivated me and got a new fire lit in me and lots of the guys here at Manchester Camp ….. the email was titled ” tips to…
U.S. v Amy Ralston Pofahl (Povah) - The Case Against Amy Ralston Pofahl Amy Ralston Pofahl – (now Povah) was indicted, tried and convicted by the federal government in Waco, Texas in 1991.  Amy was assigned a court appointed attorney whose only interest was to solicit a guilty plea from her during the one-year timeframe she was…
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…
Tips on getting Congressional support - One very important asset when seeking clemency is the support of a Congress member or Senator. If you want to reach out to your congress member and seek their support for someone you know or love who is seeking clemency here are a few tips: TO BEGIN:   You can…
How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency - Tips Prisoners Can Use to Enhance Chances at Executive Clemency These are historic times. For the first time in over 25 years, there is bi-partisan support for meaningful criminal justice reform. For the first time the Supreme Court is ruling on laws that will reduce sentences without “non-retroactivity” conditions that…
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,…
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…
Increase Your Publishing Chances When You Write a Letter to the Editor - Letters to the Editor are an important tool in building public awareness for your cause. They also tell the publication that public wants to see more coverage on a particular topic. So why not take a few minutes, write a letter to the editor, and let your local publications know…
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…
Posters -   What Do I Need and How Much Will it Cost to Make Life for Pot Posters? 1. Choose which size poster you want to make.  We have graphics available for two sizes: a full size foam board poster (20X30), or a half size (10X15).  We get our poster boards…
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 the…
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…