CAN-DO Foundation

Alice Marie Johnson – FREE AT LAST – LIFE sent commuted!

Alice Marie Johnson – FREE AT LAST – LIFE sent commuted!

CAN-DO Foundation is elated that Kim Kardashian met with President Trump on May 30th, Alice Johnson’s birthday, to discuss her case.  It’s our hope that others in a position of power will consider propping up additional cases of individuals worthy … Read the rest

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in New York Times

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in New York Times

NYTsJanuary 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

Carol Denise Richardson – Clemency Recipient on 3/30/16

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:Read the rest

RIP: Ramona Brant received clemency on 12/18/15, set FREE on 2/2/2016 and tragically passed 2/25/18

RIP: Ramona Brant received clemency on 12/18/15, set FREE on 2/2/2016 and tragically passed 2/25/18

 WATCH RAMONA WALK FREE AFTER 21 YEARS!  CAN-DO teamed up Ramona with Casey Tolan of Fusion who wrote about her story and shot this video.

Ramona Brant FreeRamona Brant who was #3 on CAN-DOs Top 25 Women received clemency from President Read the rest

CAN-DO Foundation has a Movement Page on Change.org!!!

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. … Read the rest

USA Today interviews Jason Hernandez at CAN-DO VIGIL for POWs at the White House

USA Today interviews Jason Hernandez at CAN-DO VIGIL for POWs at the White House

CAN-DO Founder and President, Amy Ralston Povah has had a busy November – first attending the Koch Institute’s Advancing Justice Summit in New Orleans from Nov. 3rd – 8th and more recently attending the Drug Policy Alliance’s conference in Washington … Read the rest

Josephine Ledezma – Life – CLEMENCY on 8/5/16

Josephine Ledezma – Life – CLEMENCY on 8/5/16

Josie’s long journey of suffering finally come to an end.  She was told by her case manager that her sentence had been commuted by President Obama.

Josephine was #3 on CAN-DO’s Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency.   CAN-DO Founder … Read the rest

Congrats to Donna McDaniel – 30 years – RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 11/22/16

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, Read the rest

Paul Free – Serving Life For Pot – Received Clemency on 12/19/16!!!

Paul Free – Serving Life For Pot – Received Clemency on 12/19/16!!!

“OK FOLKS STAY TUNED – I WAS JUST TOLD TO REPORT TO THE WARDEN’S OFFICE AT 11:30 THIS AM (IT IS 8 AM NOW) COULD IT BE CLEMENCY? I THINK SO. LOVE TO ALL p free”.  We have confirmation!!! YAY

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Clemency Recipient Trevis Love Credits CAN-DO!

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 Read the rest

Mandy Martinson – 15 Years – Received Clemency 12/16/16

Mandy Martinson – 15 Years – Received Clemency 12/16/16

Congratulations to Mandy Martinson who received clemency from a 15 year sentence!

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Mandy Martinson
Age: 37
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth
Priors: First Offense
Sentence: 15 years
Served: 12 years
Sentenced: 2005
Release Date: 10/21/2017 – due for release to … Read the rest

Do’s and Don’ts When Writing to the Pardon Attorney or President

Dos and Donts when writing the Pardon Attorney

Before you get started, know that timing is everything. We have received no indication that President Trump is interested in granting clemency at this time.  We do not discourage people … Read the rest

Clemency Recipients go to the White House, including CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah

Clemency Recipients go to the White House, including CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah

Amy women in prisonOn 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 … Read the rest

CAN-DO in Buzzfeed News

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 Read the rest

Obama Visits El Reno Federal Prison – Watch His Speech!

Obama Visits El Reno Federal Prison – Watch His Speech!

 Watch President Obama’s speech at El Reno Federal Prison and other related videos on Al Jezeera

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison – historic moments that he will be remembered most fondly for.  Future … Read the rest

Clemency and Pardon FAQ

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 Read the rest

How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

Tips Prisoners Can Use to Enhance Chances at Executive Clemency

If you are going to file a clemency petition please do not re-hash the particulars of your case. This is not the time to re-litigate, rather a time to accept … Read the rest

Antonio Bascaro – Serving LIFE for pot – Served 38 years

Antonio Bascaro – Serving LIFE for pot – Served 38 years

Antonio is #1 because he has served more time for pot than anyone in the nation.

Please sign the change.org petition requesting clemency for Antonio Bascoro 

Antonio Bascaro, #03846-021
Children:
Daughter, Aicha Bascaro 3 Children 8 Grandchildren
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Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda – Serving Life for Pot

Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda – Serving Life for Pot

Leopoldo is in hospice and due to his poor health, will probably not be released. He should not die in prison but we fear this will be his fate unless there is mercy.

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NAME: Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda 81659-071
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Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

Michael Pelletier is Serving Life for Pot – Please sign his petition on Change.org

Paraplegic Michael Pelletier is serving LIFE for POTMichael Pelletier, #11109-036
Age:
62
Offense:  Conspiracy to Import and Distribute Marijuana
Sentence: Life without parole
Incarcerated Since: 2006
Served: 12. years
Raised: Madawaska, Maine… Read the rest

John Knock – Serving Life for Pot

John Knock – Serving Life for Pot

John Knock is serving Life for Pot!
Please sign his change.org petition to raise awareness

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John Knock #11150-017
First time offender

http://www.johnknock.com
http://www.lifeforpot.com

Raised: Nebraska
Tried: Florida
Will live: Philadelphia
Offense:
Conspiracy to import, Conspiracy to distribute, Conspiracy to money … Read the rest

Craig Cesal – 1st offender – Serving Life for Pot

Craig Cesal – 1st offender – Serving Life for Pot

Sign Craig Cesal’s change.org petition – he has over 159,000 signatures and counting.  Please help us reunite Craig with his family. 

The CAN-DO Foundation worked with The Young Turks on an “Injustice series” that releases a video every Wednesday.  Craig … Read the rest

Luke Scarmazzo – 21.8 years for Medical Marijuana

Luke Scarmazzo – 21.8 years for Medical Marijuana

Luke’s co-defendant, Ricardo Montes received clemency. They were charged together and are co-defendants.   Please sign this petition supporting Luke’s clemency on change.org 

Luke Scarmazzo # 63131-097
DOB: 1980
Age: 37
Race: White
Raised: California
Tried: Went to trial in … Read the rest

Corvain Cooper – Life for Pot

Corvain Cooper – Life for Pot

Please sign Corvain Cooper’s change.org petition

Corvain Cooper, #643011-112
DOB:
11/2/1979
Age: 38
Children: 2 daughters
Residence: California 
Charges: Distributing Marijuana; Money Laundering;
Trial/Plea: Trial
Tried: Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte
Sentence: Life Without Parole
Incarcerated Since: 2014
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Aaron Sandusky – 10 Years for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

Aaron Sandusky – 10 Years for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

Aaron Sandusky #63038-112
DOB: 01/08/1970
Marital status: Engaged to Darlene Buenrostro
Children:
None
Charge: Conspiracy to manufacture and Distribute Marijuana
Sentence: 10 years
Incarcerated Since: 2012
Sentencing Date: 1/07/2012
Will Live: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Priors: DUI Alcohol
Incidents: NoneRead the rest

Michael “Meeko” Thompson – Defacto Life – State of Michigan

Michael “Meeko” Thompson – Defacto Life – State of Michigan

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THIS IS A STATE CASE – NOT FEDERAL

Name: Michael “Meeko” Thompson
DOB: 4/19/51
Race: Black
Age: 63
Children: 1 deceased 1 alive(but estranged)
Grandchildren: 1
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Gun Charges
Served: 21 years
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Billy Dekle – Serving Life for Pot Is Now Free – Clemency

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
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