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CAN-DO has a new petition on Change.org – PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!

CAN-DO has a new petition on Change.org – PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!

We have started a new petition on Change.org seeking support for a reversal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions directive to escalate the drug war, seize more property, treat the opioid crisis as a criminal issue and allow the DEA to … 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
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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

Op Ed in Fusion Urging President to Pardon More Women by Amy Povah

Op Ed in Fusion Urging President to Pardon More Women by Amy Povah

When Amy Ralston Povah was escorted across the compound at FCI Dublin, after President Clinton granted her clemency, she told the women she would never forget them. Fifteen years later, Amy is still fighting to garner attention for the women … Read the rest

Pauline Kay Blake – 24 Years Received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16!!!

Pauline Kay Blake – 24 Years Received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16!!!

Pauline Blake – #15 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women, received CLEMENCY from President Obama on August 3, 2016.

On Sept. 1st, Milena Nelson Blake of the Stanford Project picked Pauline up, took her shopping and then took her to … 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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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

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.

Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda

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

Clemency for William Underwood – Life Without Parole

Clemency for William Underwood – Life Without Parole

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Please sign the Change.org petition to free William Underwood. 

Name: William Underwood #04849-016
DOB: December 9, 1953
Age: 64
Children: 4 children, 3 grandchildren
Charge: RICO, RICO Conspiracy, 21 USC §846 (he completed this part of his sentence in … 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

Michael Montalvo – LIFE without parole

Michael Montalvo – LIFE without parole

Michael MontalvoName: Michael Montalvo #87224-012
Race: Human – Caucasian
Marital Status: Married
Age: 72
Children: Two daughters, Alexis 33, Rebecca 28
Grandchildren: Three Grandchildren
Raised:  Los Angeles, CA until 10, then Wash DC
Tried: Northern District of California
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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
Served:Read the rest

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

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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Charles “Fred” Cundiff – Received Clemency – 12/18/2015

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

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Moe Foley – 27.5 years for pot – NOW FREE!

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 … Read the rest

President Obama Grants Clemency to Darrell Hayden serving Life For Pot!

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, … Read the rest

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