Now Free!

Alice Marie Johnson – FREE AT LAST – LIFE sent commuted! - Alice is already renowned for her annual Easter play and has scripted and staged her own original sequels to “Sister Act” and “Madea Comes to Carswell,” which she schedules on holidays such as Mother’s Day, Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. (Carswell is the location of one of the Bureau of Prison’s medical centers.)
Clemency recipient Felicia Smith on Vice News thanks to CANDO - Felicia received clemency on President Obama’s last full day in office – Jan 19, 2017. Vice news reached out to the CANDO Foundation seeking an interview with a clemency recipient that Obama commuted on his last day in office.  We paired them with Felicia Smith!    Vice news covered Felicia’s story:   …
Carol Denise Richardson – Clemency Recipient on 3/30/16 - Congratulations – Carol has been released and is ready to start fresh!   Washington Post article on Carol Denise Richardson. Carol Richardson was #8 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Name: Carol Richardson – 16753-179 DOB: March 27, 1968 Race: Black Age: 50 Children: 4 children Grandkids: 2 grandkids Charge: Two counts of…
RIP: Ramona Brant received clemency on 12/18/15, set FREE on 2/2/2016 and tragically passed 2/25/18 - I don't have any fines so if I am fortunate enough to receive clemency, I will not be in debt and will have the support of my family to assist me with re-entry, and rebuilding my life anew. I yearn to participate in making not only my life but the lives of everyone I touch better because I will never take freedom and all its luxuries for granted. I will embrace every day as if it is a blessing.
6 CAN-DO MEMBERS RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 3/30/2016 - While Amy Povah was at the White House for a convening on Women in Prison, it was announced that 61 prisoners received clemency.  Out of those, six were CAN-DO members. Robert Anderson – serving LIFE.  CAN-DO featured Robert’s daughter, Anna, which will be played at a Google dinner on the…
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…
4 CAN-DO Members Granted Clemency 5/5/2016 - CAN-DO congratulates everyone on the list – especially Michelle Miles who was #13 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women, plus Trevis Love, who sent the following email to Malik King – the CAN-DO prison outreach coordinator. “Amy and you sent a very important email out back in early April that…
7 CAN-DO Members Receive Clemency 12/18/2015 -         Five CAN-DO members on our website and three members not on the site received clemency on 12/18/2015.  We are elated for them and their families who can now start the healing process to overcome the suffering that has claimed too many lives and impacted too many…
Danielle Metz – Serving Life – Received CLEMENCY on 8/30/16 - In 1993, at the age of 26, Danielle Metz was sentenced to serve three life sentences plus twenty years for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. It was her first conviction. Evidence suggests that Danielle never knew that her husband, Glenn, was involved in drugs. When they married, he was 30 years old and she was 18.
Josephine Ledezma – Life – CLEMENCY on 8/5/16 - 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.
Angie Jenkins – Serving 30 Years Received Clemency - I am now at the Satellite Camp Prison in Dublin, just arrived Aug 15, 2014. I am currently volunteering to paint for a Halloween event that the staff is holding for their children here. I am painting props and backdrops for photos we will be taking of the children for this event.
Cheryl Howard – Life – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Fox News 13 in Tampa interviewed Cheryl’s daughter, Lavithia Howard and CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah – watch the video:  Message from Cheryl Howard to CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah: “WOW!! I am OVER JOYED right now!!  God said he would restore everything that the canker worm and the locust ate up!!…
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…
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.
Ricardo Ruiz Montes – 20 years – Received Clemency on 1/19/17 - Ricardo was called and given the wonderful news that he received clemency. His family can finally exhale and dream of a renewed future together. Ricardo Ruiz Montes and Luke Scarmazzo are co-defendants who received 20 years for Medical Marijuana Dispensary ownership.  Please sign the petition supporting Luke’s clemency at change.org …
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…
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, Oklahoma…
Congrats to Schearean Means – LIFE Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Schearean Means was #5 on the CAN-DO Top 25 women – she just received the best Holiday gift ever – MERCY!!! Name: Schearean Means,  Reg #19958001 DOB: 5/25/52 Age: 64 Children: None Charge: Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana Year Sentenced: Arrested in 1995 (incarcerated since arrest) and sentenced…
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…
Gracie Ann Walker – 24 years 2 months Received on 8-30!!! - Gracie sent Amy Povah with CAN-DO this message:                                    PRIASE GOD.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAS JUST NOTIFIED THAT I AM ON THE LIST OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S. THE ONLY STIPULATION IS THAT I HAVE TO DO RDAP…
Congrats to Cynthia Shank – 15 Years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16 - While I would like to say that my time in prison has served to make me a better person, I can’t because that would be dishonest. I was once a contributing member of society, with a growing family. I am now divorced from my husband and separated from my daughters who need me desperately. At least a 1000 different times my daughters have cried out to me too "just come home."
Clinton Matthews – Life – Received Clemency 12/19/16 - Clinton was #6 on the CAN-DO Top 25! Message from Clinton Matthews: I been trying to reach you I am so relieved..I received the good news today and God is good.. you are the greatest. you have helped me to get my life back and I am humbled.. and appreciative……I thank…
Congrats to Dicky Joe Jackson – LIFE – received clemency on 8/3/16 - CAN-DO volunteered Dicky Joe’s case for the following PSA, as told by Actor Tim Robbins. Talked to Joe Jackson today – he walked out of prison today, Sept 31st!!! Free At Last! Got word from Joe’s daughter April that her dad was one out of 214 people to receive clemency!…
Congrats to Donna McDaniel – 30 years – RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 11/22/16 - Angels are singing because Donna McDaniel has received JUSTICE THROUGH CLEMENCY!  Congrats to all her family, mother Sue Barrow, brother, Joe Jackson who already received clemency on the same case! Please sign Donna’s clemency petition. Her brother, Dicky Joe Jackson, recently received clemency from a life sentence for the same…
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…
Michael Holmes – Serving Life is NOW FREE!!! - Michael Holmes walked out of prison on April 18, 2017 after 18 years. He received clemency on 12/19/16 Michael Holmes was lucky #10 on Top 25 – and finally got his DREAM COME TRUE!  Clemency!!! Michael’s change.org petition on the CAN-DO movement page. Name: Michael Dwayne Holmes DOB: 9/26/72 Race: African…
Paul Free – Serving Life For Pot – Received Clemency on 12/19/16!!! - Why commutation: I have already served over 20 years and which I believe is a long enough sentence for a non-violent marijuana offense. I have a spotless prison disciplinary record and have served as a teacher and mentor while incarcerated, as well as helped other inmates with legal issues, that has resulted in them receiving lower sentences.
Congrats Mary Beth Looney – serving 42 years – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Congratulations to Mary Beth Looney who received clemency on 12/19/16 and no longer needs to worry about sending us a photo – altho we can use it to put her on the NOW FREE PAGE!!!       Pending photo being sent via snail mail: Name: Mary Beth Looney Race:…
Congrats to Cullen Reed Harris – LIFE – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Message from Cullen to CAN-DO Founder on 12/19/16:  Amy This is Cullen Harris at FCI Memphis i was informed at 1:30 today that my clemency was granted my life sentence was cut to 35 yrs I’ll be 75 yrs old when finished with this sentence but that sure as hell beats…
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…
Tammie Francis – LIFE – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Tammie was #21 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women – and can now close this awful chapter of her life and move into a new day with the blessing for a future with her family! Name: Tammie Francis Race: Black Marital Status: Single Age: 54 Children: none Raised: Kansas City,…
Congrats Stacia Smith – 21 years – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Stacia was #15 on the CAN-DO Top 25 – she just received the blessing of clemency on 12.19.16 Name: Stacia Tarnike Smith DOB: 4-23-74 Race: African American Marital Status: Single Age: 42 Children: 3 Charge: Conspiracy to posess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. Sentence: 21 years…
Donella Harriel – 22 years – CLEMENCY GRANTED on 8/3/2016 - Donella Harriel granted clemency on Aug 3, 2016 – is still in limbo due to a detainer. MEDIA: Read about Donella’s story in the Influence and Alternet. Race: Black Marital Status: single Age: 39 Children: 2 kids State raised: Florida Where case was tried: Florence, South Carolina Releasing to: Port St.…
Crystal Mattern – 19 years – Received Clemency on 1/19/17 - Congratulations to Crystal Mattern who received clemency from President Obama on 1/19/17. Please sign Crystal’s Change petition. Name: Crystal Mattern DOB: 11-9-76 Race: White Marital Status: Single Age: 40 Children: 4 Grandchildren: 2 Raised: MN Charged: ND Release to: MN/ND Charge: Conspiracy, Meth, 500 grams Sentence: 19 years Served: 8 years…
Lisa Woods Ball – 20 years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16 - Congrats to Lisa Woods Ball received clemency on 11/22/2016 Message from Lisa: Amy hello and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, I was blessed with a clemency/commutation and a wonderful daughter and 2 grandson one 5 and one is 3 months , and I have one sister left for…
Lamont Glass-21 years 10 months-Received Clemency on May 3, 2015 - Name: Lamont Glass DOB: August 7, 1972 Age: 44 Children: 4 daughters, 1 son Grandchildren: 1 Grew up: Knoxville, TN Tried: Knoxville, TN Now lives: Knoxville, TN Charge: Possession with intent to deliver cocaine base; felon in possession of firearm Sentence: 21 years, 10 months (262 months)  Started Sentence: Jan, 2000…
Vincent Twiggs - Name: Vincent Twiggs DOB: 07/04/81 Age: 35 years old Children: 2 Grew up in: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Case prosecuted: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Now Lives: in Cape Girardeau, Missouri then maybe relocate to Atlanta, Georgia Charge: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine 5 grams or more Year sentenced: 2009 Sentence:…
Weldon Angelos – Serving 55 years for Pot is NOW FREE!!!! - Congratulations to LUCKY #7 Weldon Angelos who walked out of prison on June 3rd, after a long journey.  CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah spoke to Weldon recently and was happy to hear that Weldon will be speaking out on behalf of others who are still waiting to receive similar good news.…
Clemency for Tim Tyler – Life Without Parole Received CLEMENCY on 8-30!!!! - Message from Tim:  At 3:19 pm on 8-30-16 Hi, I was just called to the office and talked to Professor Ogilvy at the Catholic University. He informed me that I received clemency today. It will be a two year release date with a condition that I do a drug class…
Steven Speal – LIFE – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Steven Speal  -#7 on the CAN-DO Top 25 men – got the best Holiday news ever – he’s going home!!! Name: Steven Blair Speal DOB: 8-4-71 Race: White Marital Status: Single Age: 45 Raised: Oklahoma Case was tried: Wichita, Kansas Will release to: Vian, Oklahoma Charges: Count 1 conspiracy to distribute…
Olynthia Hinton – 20 Years – Received Clemency!!! - Congratulations to Olynthia Hinton for receiving clemency on October 27, 2016. Congrats to her son Savoz Strong who started Olynthia’s change.org petition and was victorious.  Name: Olynthia Hinton Age: 38 Race: Black DOB: 6-7-78 Marital status: Single Kids: 4 Grew up:  South Carolina Tried: South Carolina Charges: Distribution of powder cocaine…
Congrats Gregory Collins – LIFE – Received clemency on 12/19/16 - Gregory was #18 on the CAN-DO Top 25 and is now going to join his fiancé, Cheneace who has tirelessly advocated on his behalf!  They can now plan for a future together! Message from Greg:  AMY THANKS I GOT IT TODAY AN I JUST AM SO THANKFUL FOR ALL THE…
Andres Torriente – 21 Years – Received Clemency on 1/17/16 - Name: Andres Torriente #09811-031 DOB: 05/19/1972 Age: 44 Race: Black/Hispanic Married: No State raised: New York, NY State Charged: Spartanburg, South Carolina Release date: 2027 Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute 35 kilograms of cocaine + 851 enhancement Sentence: 21 years Years served: 9 years 2 months Sentence started: Oct 2007 Priors: Possession with…
Jamael Nettles – 30 years – Received Clemency on 12/19/2016 - Name: Jamael Nettles DOB: 1/15/87 Age: 30 Children: 1 Grew up: Mobile, AL Tried in: Mobile, AL Will Live: in Mobile, AL until released from probation, then relocate to Houston, TX Charge: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine (under 50 grams), powder cocaine (56 grams), and simple possession of…
Mandy Martinson – 15 Years – Received Clemency 12/16/16 - Like so many women, Mandy had a productive life and was a responsible citizen until she experienced trauma in the form of domestic violence. Her self-medicating to avoid stress turned quickly into a raging addiction and eventually into a sentence.
Quentin Adams – Life Without Parole Received Clemency on 8-30 - Name: Quentin C. Adams #30519-044 DOB: 6-11-77 Age: 38 Children: 4 in toal 1boy and 3 girls Charges: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); distribution of cocaine base; Western District of Missouri Sentence: Life Release date: None Started sentence on: 6-15-05 Served: 12 years Priors: 1st…
Antonio Lopez – 30 years Received CLEMENCY!!! -   Name: Antonio Lopez, #33887-077 DOB:06/12/1969 Age:46 Children: 1 Adult daughter, 1 Granddaughter Charge: Conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine Sentence:30 YEARS Release Date: 2025 Started Sentence on: 1999 Served: 17 Years Priors: 2 Felony Burglary of a Habitation and 2 Misdemeanor possession of Marijuana Prison Conduct: Only one disciplanry incident in 17…
CAN-DO in Reuters Report about Therese Crepeau - Therese Crepeau – who was #9 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency was interviewed by Reuters regarding her early release per Amendment 782 otherwise referred to as  “Drugs Minus Two.”  She initially went to the halfway house in August and on October 30 had her ankle bracelet removed.…
Quentin Adams – LIFE – Received Clemency - Quentin c. Adams #30519-044 dob: 6-11-77 age: 38 children: 4 in toal 1boy and 3 girls sentence: life release date: none started sentence on: 6-15-05 served: 12 actual years priors: 1st degree robbery and 1st degree assault in 1994 when i was a juvenile, in 1998 possession of controlled substance,…
Angela LaPlatney – 20 years – Received clemency on 3/30/2016 - Angela LaPlatney received clemency on 3/30/2016. Name: Angela La Platney #08713-091 DOB: 3/3/73 Age: 43 Children: 2 boys Bradley,21 & Tyler,20 Charge: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine Sentence: 240 months 3/3/22 GCT or 9/24/24 Max Started Sentence: 9/29/04 Served: 11 years 6 months Priors: State felony for…
Alicia Siller – 21 years 10 months – CLEMENCY GRANTED!!! - Alicia Siller received clemency on October 27, 2016  Messages from Alicia Siller: I just want to let every one know that I got the BEST news ever today. Obama signed off on my clemency. Ill be coming home soon. So I want to Thank every one that supported me. First and…
Robert Anderson – Life Without Parole – Received Clemency 3/30/16 - Congratulations to Robert and his daughter Anna! Message from Robert to CAN-DO Prison Outreach Coordinator, Malik King: GOD IS GOOD! NO I DIDN KNOW THIS WAS COMING BUT I TRUSTED IN THE LORD..I’M GOING TO THE HALFWAY HOUSE…APRIL 7 16..YES I’VE A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM…YES I SEE ANOTHER ONE OF…
CAN-DO’s Ramona Brant in Fusion is now free! - Ramona Brant is the centerpiece of an excellent article in Fusion.  She embodies how brutal our current criminal justice system exploits women who are already victims of domestic abuse by tossing them into a conspiracy indictment that will hold a spouse responsible for everything their abuser has done – and…
Tommy Martinez – Life Received CLEMENCY - Tommy was #21 on the Top 25 and is NOW FREE! Name: Tommy M. Martinez #04517025 DOB: 10/21/1977 Race: Black Marital Status: Single/Engaged Age: 38 Children: Four Grandchildren:None State you are from: Illinois State where you were charged: Illinois Charge: Conspiracy to distribute crack Sentence: Life Served to date: 17…
Billy Dekle – Serving Life for Pot Is Now Free – Clemency - Former Marine, Billy Dekle was serving Life for Pot Billy Dekle has called several times since his release, the last time was on February 29th to talk about his half-way house woes.  We remember the days when clemency recipients did not have to go to the half-way house, and maybe…
Charles Fred Cundiff is serving Life for Pot Charles “Fred” Cundiff – Received Clemency – 12/18/2015 - We are happy to announce that Charles Cundiff serving life for pot won the clemency lottery.  On Jan. 12th, he arrived at a half-way house and could use financial assistance and clothes to start a new life.   Thank you Pres. Obama!!! Beth Curtis of Life for Pot visited Fred…
Charles “Eddy” Lepp – 10 years for pot – NOW FREE! - Eddy was #15 on the Top 25 is now free and engaged to marry his true love, Heidi Grossman. Congratulations to the happy and lucky couple! Name: Charles “Eddy” Lepp  #90157-011 Age: 63 Charge: Conspiracy to Manufacture Marijuana Sentence: 10 years Release Date: 2/6/2018 Served: 8 years Priors: yes Prison:…
Lazaro Moreno – LIFE for POT – Received Clemency on 1/17/16 - Name: Lazaro Moreno DOB: April 3,1963 Race: Hispanic Marital Status: Divorced Age: 53 yrs old Children: Two daughters- ages 32 and 26 Grandchildren: One grandson(13), One granddaughter(10) State raised: Texas State Charged: Texas Will live: Mission, Texas Charges: 1000 kilo and more of marijuana Sentence: Life Served to date: 20…
Moe Foley – 27.5 years for pot – NOW FREE! - Maurice Foley  Maurice “Moe” Foley, #20211-068 Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute 700 – 1000 kilos of marijuana, plus 5 years for owning a gun which was locked in a safe Sentence: 27 1/2 years Incarcerated Since: 2003 Priors: juvenile offense for petty theft; possession of marijuana. Date of Birth: 3-9-1973 Family: No Children Forfeitures: $215,000…
President Obama Grants Clemency to Darrell Hayden serving Life For Pot! - According to Huffington Post, Francis Darrell Hayden and 21 other federal inmates, will have their sentences commuted on July 28, 2015, after President Obama signed their clemency petitions today. Darrell, who was serving a sentence of life for pot, has been in prison for 16 years and had no possibility…
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…
Men Deserving Clemency – Larry Duke – Life for Pot – NOW FREE - Why Commutation Should Be Granted: Because I would receive a much lesser sentence if I were sentenced under the operation of in place today. My sentence under Title 21, 846 with no weight included in the indictment per AG Holder's memorandum, and no 851 enhancement for my priors, the maximum statutory sentence would be 5 years under 841 (b)(1)(D).
Melissa Trigg – 1st Offender – 15 years - We were elated to get the wonderful news that Melissa was scheduled to go to a halfway house on Nov 14th.  This is a date many of us have waited for!  Congrats to the entire Trigg family. Please Sign Melissa Trigg’s change . org petition Melissa Trigg 18097-045 Age: 42…
Mary Rose Ziman – 27 Years - I am a very proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I was fortunate to meet most of the grandchildren while incarcerated. During my incarceration I lost my husband on Christmas Day 2013, plus three brothers and a sister. I was on permanent disability before I was incarcerated. After 15 years my health is deteriorating rapidly.
Holly Dawn Moore – 1st Offender – 16 years is now free! -  Name: Holly Dawn Moore DOB: 7/12/82 Race: Caucasian Marital Status: Single Age: 34 Children:  One son, age 18 years old Charge: Conspiracy to Robbery Affecting Commerce Sentence: 16 years 4 months Years Served to Date: 11 years Date Sentence Started: 12/5/2005 Priors: None Health Status: Good Prison Conduct: A few…
Rose Summers – 1st Offender – 24 Years is now free! - Rose Ella Summers – 20697-001 DOB: 9-11-70 Age: 47 Children: 1 son – Victor Race: White Raised: Grand Prarie, Texas Tried: Dallas, Texas Will live: Dallas, Texas Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth and Money Laundering Sentenced: May 7, 1997 Sentence: 24 years 4 months Served: 20 years Release Date: August 9, 2018…
Lori Kavitz – 1st Offender – 24 Years IS NOW FREE!!!! - I have lost everyone in my family but my sons and my grandchildren, whom I've never met. I need to help my sons raise their families and always be there for them. I've taken so much from them by not being there. My mother and sister have both passed away during my incarceration and I was not able to be there when they needed me most or to even attend their funerals.
Linda Byrnes – 27 years for pot – NOW FREE! - Linda walked out of federal prison on April 13, 2017 and is now in Kalamazoo Michigan!  Congratulations to Linda and her family – what a milestone! Name: Linda Lee Byrnes – 68415-079 DOB: 7/6/46 Race: White Marital Status: Single State Linda is from: Michigan State charged: Michigan Where will you release to:…
Minnie Pearl Thomas – Serving Life – received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16 - Minnie Thomas is #5 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women was given the miracle of freedom on Aug 3, 2016 by President Obama.   CAN-DO worked with Katina Smith to get a change.org petition up supporting her mother’s clemency. The Denver Post saw the petition and reported on it –…
Michelle Miles – 30 years – Received Clemency on 5/5/2016 after 19 years! - We are all rejoicing for Michelle Miles who walked out of prison on June 1, 2016.   Thank you President Obama!  We still have a long way to go. There are many more worthy candidates on this website.  Please keep the clemencies coming. Michelle Miles was #13 on the CAN-DO…
Michael Yandal thanks Pres. Obama for granting his clemency on 3/30/16 - Email from Michael Yandal thanking God and President Obama, in that order.  First of all, I just want to give all the glory to God. I know it was him, speaking through my mother, who has constantly kept me motivated throughout this entire ordeal. Everytime she asked me “have you…
Barbara Scrivner – 30 Years – FREE AFTER SERVING 20 YEARS!!! - When Barbara was only seven years old, she was molested by a friend of her mother’s boyfriend. This had a psychological impact upon Barbara that led to a cycle of abusive men and drug addiction. In 1996 out of despair and wishing to end the pain inflicted upon her incarcerated soul, Barbara attempted suicide by jumping off a 40-foot building onto cement.
Sharanda Purlette Jones – Serving Life Received Clemency on 12/18/15 - I took my case to trial, but when I took the stand in my own defense, I realized that I had put myself in a lose-lose situation. I still cannot believe that, in the United States of America, we sentence first-time non-violent offenders to life, and death, in prison.
Robin Shoulders – 20 years – Received clemency 3/30/16 - Robin Shoulders sent this letter to CAN-DO that she would like to send to President Obama. Dear President Obama, First off I want to say thanks for my clemency! As of now I’m overwhelmed but had faith that you would grant me mercy. Faith is what I have lived on…
Cathy Lee Jones - Cathy Lee Jones Receives Clemency – 12/17/14 -   CAN-DO NEWSFLASH CATHY LEE JONES received a commutation of her sentence by President Obama on December 17th, 2014.  She is currently scheduled to be released in April, 2015.  CAN-DO congratulates Cathy for her endurance and perseverance!  Miracles can happen – Cathy is proof! Name: Cathy Lee Jones DOB: March…
Dwayne (Duane) Walker – Life Without Parole – RECEIVED CLEMENCY 3/30/16 - CAN-DO MEMBER DUANE TWANE WALKER received clemency!!!! Name: Dwayne Twane Walker #06431-084 DOB: April, 4 1973 Age: 42 Children: 1-boy and 1-Girl Charge: One Count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base / 21U.S.C. 841(b) (1) (A) and U.S.C. 851(a) Sentence: Life Without Parole Release Date: None – Deceased Served: 19 years…
Teresa Mechell Griffin Received Clemency on June 3, Serving Life Sentence - I have 4 children, and 2 grandchildren with one on the way. My baby girl, who is now 23 years old, has autism and needs care around the clock. I have almost spent half my life in prison and I feel I’ve used those years productively.
George Martorano – After 35 Years – IS NOW FREE - On October 5, 2015 George Martorano was released from prison after serving 32 long years in federal prison!” CAN-DO’s Amy Povah talked to George on 10/7 and heard all about his first meal of every Italian dish he ever loved, prepared by loving nieces, sisters and family members.   “I…
Anita Gage – FREE at LAST!!! 30 Years 6 Months - It hurts too much to focus on the past, so I try not to think about the fact that I have lost my brother (1997) and father (1999) while I’ve been incarcerated. I have also lost relatives on my mother’s side, an aunt and uncle and another brother has been in a coma since 2003.
Elizabeth “Beth” Cronan – 28 Years – IS NOW FREE! Receives 2 pt reduction! - Beth had a wonderful life growing up as an only child in a loving middle class family. After she graduated, she went to work for her father as a dental technician. Eventually Beth got married, had a family and moved to Florida to live the all American dream. Everything was just that, until her husband divorced her and the bottom fell out. Eventually Beth sought help and was treated for clinical depression, but there was no remedy.
Mary Ritcherson – 30 Years – FREE AT LAST - First of all, I would like to say that I am not a saint. I have made some mistakes for which I have dearly paid. However, the 30-year sentence that I am presently serving is extremely disproportionate to the alleged crime I was convicted for and to the sentences of my two co-defendants.
Irma Alred – 30 Years for Pot – is NOW FREE – Drugs Minus Two! - I feel it is worth noting that the attitude toward marijuana has changed drastically. Many people are now earning a lot of money growing and selling marijuana in states where it has been legalized, so I think it should be a consideration as to whether I am considered worthy of this great privilege of clemency. Even if i was guilty of everything I was accused of doing, I don’t think a 30 year sentence is a necessary punishment, especially since everyone involved is now free.
Clemency recipient Robert Anderson calls CAN-DO staff Malik King and Amy Povah - Congratulations to Robert and his daughter Anna! Message from Robert to CAN-DO Prison Outreach Coordinator, Malik King: GOD IS GOOD! NO I DIDN KNOW THIS WAS COMING BUT I TRUSTED IN THE LORD..I’M GOING TO THE HALFWAY HOUSE…APRIL 7 16..YES I’VE A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM…YES I SEE ANOTHER ONE OF…
Therese Crepeau – IS NOW FREE – thanks to the 2 pt reduction - This is the middle of my 21st year in Federal Prison; I was sentenced to 35 years for a crack/cocaine conspiracy. I was convicted for a crime that held a 16 years, 3-month sentence. I wasn't eligible for a reduction under the Crack Law because of the drug amounts/ratios I was sentenced to, but my judge awarded me 98 months off because of Amendment 505 and my sentence is now 26 years, 10 months.
Dr. Marion “Mollie” Fry is now FREE! - All advances in society and science require sacrifices. The medicinal value of marijuana is becoming acknowledged because of the conflict between the will of the citizens and the federal government. The truth and the will of the people will triumph over political posturing. I plan to emerge from prison to resume a productive life in spite of my losses.
George Martorano Is Now Free! - George Martorano, #12973-004 Offense: Convicted of operating a Continual Criminal Enterprise (importing drugs/mostly marijuana) Sentence: Life Without Parole – Natural Life Incarcerated Since: 1983 Date of Birth: 12/21/1949 Family: 1 daughter, Francesca, and  1 son, Raymond (deceased) Presently Incarcerated: FCI Coleman, Medium Satellite Camp Priors: None Why commutation: George has been an exemplary inmate.  A prolific writer, he…
Deniese Watts – 19 Years 7 Months – NOW FREE – 2 pt reduction! - I have one child who has a Bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University. My sisters have done an amazing job of raising my son (for the last 15yrs). All my sisters suffer from health issues. I need to be there for them during their time of need. I thank God for blessing me with a loving family.
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…
Lisa Hanna – 19 years 7 months – Now Free – 1-20-14 - My self-worth had evaporated by the time I was arrested and although I was getting back on my feet, I was still suffering from depression and my un-medicated bi-polar condition. I have put my family through so very much anguish, shock, shame, and expense - not to mention nearly five years of resolving issues of trust - that I can hardly believe how they continue to love and stand by me.
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.
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…
Reisa Pettiette – 20 years – Clemency Granted on Oct 27th! - Reisa Pettiette received clemency on October 27, 2016 Reisa’s co-defendant, Tommy Johnson also received clemency. Name: Reisa Pettiette DOB: 02-11-64 RACE: Caucasian Marital Status: divorced Age: 52 Children: 3 Grandchildren: 10 Charge: Conspiracy with intent to Manufacture Meth. Sentence: 20 years Started Sentence: 11-2003 Priors: DWI Prison Conduct: GOOD. Clemency Status: Granted!!!!!…
Deniese Watts – #18 on Top 25 is NOW FREE!!! - Deniese Watts walked out of the BOP July 29th due to a motion filed that made her eligible for Drugs Minus Two. Deniese was #18 on the Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency and very deserving – congratulations to Deniese and all her family and friends – job well done!…
Andrea Asch – Free - On February 19, 1998, law enforcement entered Andrea’s home with a search warrant obtained and based upon the word of an informant who was facing an 85-year prison sentence. The “snitch” was guilty of being a major distributor of methamphetamine and to reduce his sentence he told the police who his “customers” were.
Santa Chiappetta – Free - Santa’s early background and experience as Regional Sales Manager of Andiamo Luggage and then Vice President for a major sports bag company provided the experience she needed to start a successful trademark company that she worked hard for and was proud of. The turning point in her life and career happened the day she received a ‘cease and desist’ letter from the law firm of a huge oil company.
Diana Webb – Free - Diana Webb is a non-violent first time offender, sentenced to 12.5 years in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. No drugs were ever produced and Diana was sentenced solely on the statements of three co-defendants who had priors and were looking at extremely long sentences. All three co-defendants are free today.
Remy Penaflor – Free - Remedios “Remy” Penaflor’s involvement consisted of a one-time agreement to transport 2.6 kilos of methamphetamine for $1,500. Her role was that of a “mule” to carry drugs for someone else. She never met the “dealer” but was told by a “recruiter” that she was not supposed to sell or hold on to the drugs once she arrived in Hawaii from the Philippines.
Mariella Liggio – Free - Between 1980 and 1989, Mariella worked for several real estate agencies, including Coldwell Banker and also worked part time for H&R Paving in Miami. Mariella’s crime was committed in 1985/86 when cocaine was being consumed on a massive scale, especially in the night clubs and was widely accepted as being “cool and hip.” Mariella does not claim to be innocent, but she was not guilty of all the allegations the government accused her of.
Stephanie Nelson – Free - Stephanie Nelson served a 16-year sentence for one count of “Aiding and Abetting” related to the distribution of Methamphetamine. Stephanie was initially introduced to cocaine when she was 13. At 19 she had a heart attack from freebasing cocaine.
Yolanda Reyes – Free - Yolanda Reyes is serving her 19-year, 7 month sentence. In addition, she was fined $40,000 for her participation with a man who sold cocaine. When he first came into her life, Yolanda was a lettuce picker in the fields with two baby girls and another on the way.
Debi Campbell – Free - Debi Campbell is serving a 19-year, 7 month sentence for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Debi does not claim to be completely innocent, but she was not the participant that the government’s informant made her out to be and does not deserve the sentence she received.
Vicki Flanagan – Free - Vicki Flanagan owned a successful accounting firm with 40 employees called Flanagan & Co. in Columbus, Georgia. Her problems began when her firm became the accountants for a rural, 40-bed hospital in Glenwood, Georgia known as Wheeler County Hospital. The hospital served the population of the 9th poorest county in Georgia.
Shirley Womble – Free - Shirley Womble is serving a 25 year sentence for "Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana," although she never sold or distributed the drug. Shirley’s husband, Willard, engaged in the sell of marijuana. Several arguments occurred due to his decision to engage in illegal behavior because they made decent money with their legitimate business, Womble Auto Sales, and Shirley did not want their well being jeopardized.
Maria Perez Moncada – Free - Maria Perez Moncada grew up in a stable family in Caracas, Venezuela. Her father retired after serving 40 years with the Ministry of Transportation and Communication. Maria has six siblings and all have successful, respectable careers. Maria has never been in any trouble with the law in her life and has a reputation for taking care of the sick and elderly in her neighborhood and church.
Vicki Rosepiler – Free - I am seeking commutation of my sentence because I know that I can be a productive member of society instead of a menace. I was a menace to both society and myself.
Maria Aragon – Free - Maria Lourdes Aragon was abandoned at birth by her 15-year-old mother. Her father died when she was a baby, so her grandparents raised her, but she carried the scars of rejection. Her mother remarried and had other children but never accepted Maria. Maria was never a problem child, was a good student and was in the California Scholarship Foundation.
Karen Archer – Free - Karen Archer, currently serving her 19th year of a 24-year sentence for "Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine," was not involved in the sale of meth -- she was merely present when her co-defendants were busted.
Susana Cruz – Free - Due to my unfortunate destiny of becoming involved with a charming man, my whole life has changed. This whole situation has destroyed my life and devastated the lives of my children. My main objective is to keep myself from going crazy until I am able to reunite with my family.
Cynthia Clark – Free - Cynthia Clark Cynthia Clark began dating and was aware that her boyfriend, Stanley, was selling drugs while they were living together. She rode with her boyfriend on several occasions to the airport when he was picking up a guy who sold drugs. On one occasion, Cynthia dropped off some drugs…
Ruth Carter – Free - Ruth claims that government agents tried to intimidate all of the employees in an effort to gain information. Because she couldn’t provide information and was unwilling to lie, she was indicted for drug conspiracy.
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