drug war injustice

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

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, Sam Morison, Andrea James and Eric Sterling, just to name a few.

 

Sam Morison provides invaluable insight and expertise with … 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

CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah’s radio interview archives, plus 2 part radio interview with Kerry Reynolds for KMUD

CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah’s radio interview archives, plus 2 part radio interview with Kerry Reynolds for KMUD

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Kerry Reynolds hosts a weekly show about Cannabis News and requested an interview with CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah for what she hopes will become an ongoing series about people serving 10 – Life for drug non-violent drug cases.

Following headlines, … 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

Sign Our Petition Urging President Obama to Free the Top 25

Sign Our Petition Urging President Obama to Free the Top 25

 

The Top 25 Women Deserving Presidential Clemency is a list of extraordinarily worthy women whose time in federal prison should end.

Ramona Brant, Sharanda Jones, Josephine Ledezma, and so many more are now free! Lets bring … Read the rest

Alice Marie Johnson and CAN-DO in Vocativ

Alice Marie Johnson and CAN-DO in Vocativ

Alice Marie Johnson is #1 on the Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency

Alice Marie Johnson has been in prison for 20 years, serving a life sentence without parole for a non-violent drug crime. The 60-year-old mother was sentenced in … Read the rest

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2015

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah goes to Capitol Hill 

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On April 28th, Amy Povah of CAN-DO joined ranks with members of other organizations, including The Leadership Conference, ACLU and #cut50; an initiative of Van Jones’ Dream Corps.  Together they walked the halls … Read the rest

White House Vigil for Clemency Applicants

On November 19, 2015, the CAN-DO Foundation performed it’s second annual White House Vigil for the many prisoners profiled on our website.  The Associated Press interviewed Jason Hernandez, the first Latino to receive clemency from President Obama and the video Read the rest

Michael Montalvo – LIFE without parole

Michael Montalvo – LIFE without parole

Michael MontalvoName: Michael Montalvo #87224-012
DOB: February 9, 1946
Race: Human – Caucasian
Marital Status: Married
Age: 72
Children: Two daughters, Alexis, Rebecca – both have children making Michael a Grandfather
Grandchildren: Three Grandchildren
Raised:  Los Angeles, CA until 10, … 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

Wilfredo Barrios – Life Without Parole

Wilfredo Barrios – Life Without Parole

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Wilfredo Barrios is Serving LIFE for Drugs – Please sign his Change.org petition

Name: Wilfredo Barrios #: 21080-112
DOB: 4/16/63
Age: 55
Race: Hispanic
Raised: in Guatemala until he was 18 years old when he arrived in the United States… Read the rest

Michael David Knight – 17 years 6 months for pot

Michael David Knight – 17 years 6 months for pot

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Michael Knight is serving 17 years for Pot – Please sign his petition on Change.org

Name: Michael David Knight # 09943-029
DOB: 7-4-1981
Age: 36
Children: one son, Victor
Raised: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tried: Northern District of Iowa
Will Live: … Read the rest

Nancy Ferneau – Serving 25 years

Nancy Ferneau – Serving 25 years

 

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Please sign Nancy’s change.org clemency petition and share with others

Name: Nancy E.Ferneau #06966-059
DOB: 2/27/52
Race: Caucasian
Age: 66
Children: 2 daughters; Tina R.Estabrook, and Alicia K.Estabrook
Grandchildren: Tina has 3 boys and 1 girl, Alicia has … Read the rest

Lazara Ordaz – 35 years

Lazara Ordaz – 35 years

Please sign Lazara’s change.org petition 
Name:
Lazara Ordaz #10431-073
DOB: 12/17/58
Race: AFRO-CUBAN
Marital Status: Single
Age: 59
Children: One daughter
Resident state: Florida
State charged: Philadelphia
Will live: Philadelphia
Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute More than 3 Kilos of controlled … Read the rest

Angela Wright – 30 years

Angela Wright – 30 years

Angela WrightPlease sign Angela Wright’s clemency petition:
Name: Angela C. Wright #: 12118-017
DOB: 1/1/1977
Age: 42
Marital Status: Single
Children: One son, Brad Moore, Jr.
Sentence: 30 years, 4 months
Date Sentence Started: 2/24/2007
Years served: 11
Release Date: 3/2026… Read the rest

Phyllis Hood – 22 years – PENDING

Phyllis Hood – 22 years – PENDING

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Phyllis Hood – 28114-112
Age: 63
DOB: 10/24/1955
Race: White
Children: 1 son
Raised: Fontana, CA
Will Live:
Fontana, CA
Case:
Missouri
Charge: Conspiracy to Traffic Meth;
Trial/plea: Plea
Length of Sentence: 22 years
Sentenced: 2006
Served: 12 years
Reduction: … Read the rest

Rhonda Turpin – 17 years – PENDING

Rhonda Turpin – 17 years – PENDING

RhondaName: Rhonda J. Turpin. #31460-060
Race: African American
Children: Two daughters; six grandchildren
Charge: Conspiracy to commit bank fraud and tax fraud
Sentence: 17 years
Release Date: 11/05/2019
Started Sentence on: Oct 18, 2004
Served: 11 years
Priors: Yes
Prison Conduct: Read the rest

Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life

Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life

 

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Name: Patricia Clarke
DOB: 01/31/1972
Age: 46
Race: African American
Charge: Racketeering; Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Cocaine Base and Marijuana
Served: 26 years
Sentence: LIFE
Sentenced: 1993
Priors: First Offense
Prison Conduct: Excellent conduct
Accomplishments:Read the rest

Lori Kavitz – 1st Offender – 24 Years IS NOW FREE!!!!

Lori Kavitz – 1st Offender – 24 Years IS NOW FREE!!!!

Lori Kavitz called CANDO from the airport in Orlando on May 16, 2018 – her freedom day! 

Sent. Judge Mark Bennett supports Lori’s clemency

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DOB:
10/15/58
Age: 57
Race: White
Children: 2 sons, 3 grandchildren
Charge: Conspiracy … Read the rest

Linda Byrnes – 27 years for pot – NOW FREE!

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!

linda 1Name: Linda Lee Byrnes – 68415-079
DOB: 7/6/46
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
State Linda Read the rest

Minnie Pearl Thomas – Serving Life – received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16

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 … Read the rest

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