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 more than 20,000 applicants and 184 lucky recipients.
We are pleased that Josephine Ledezma #4 and Rita Becerra #10 on the CAN-DO Top 25 are Women Who Deserve Clemency are prominently featured in this Op Ed that urges President Obama to include more Latinas in his next batch of clemencies.
Clemency recipient Jason Hernandez went to Washington DC to attend the Drug Policy Alliance biennial conference in November of 2015. CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah took Jason to the White House and filmed the following plea for mercy that Jason wanted to deliver to President Obama along with his heartfelt thanks for freeing him from a Life sentence after he’d served over 17 years. Jason and CAN-DO is putting a spotlight on the fact that there have been no clemencies granted to any Latina’s out of the 184 clemency recipients that President Obama has granted, to date.