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#1. Alice Marie Johnson – 1st Offender – Life Sentence

#1. Alice Marie Johnson – 1st Offender – Life Sentence

Alice Johnson has a VIDEO OP ED published in Mic on 10/23/17; describes her sentence as “unexecuted death sentence.”  Watch the video on Facebook, share and comment. 


Alice Johnson on CNN,  The Hill, Mic, Vice
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Danielle Metz – Serving Life – Received CLEMENCY on 8/30/16

Danielle Metz – Serving Life – Received CLEMENCY on 8/30/16

For Gleneisha Hayter, (Danielle’s daughter) Carl Jr. (Danielle’s son) Adrian Bernard, (Danielle’s sister) and Barbara (Danielle’s mom) and all her friends, family, advocates and loved ones, the nightmare is OVER!  Danielle and her family are overjoyed to finally receive the … 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.

Pauline on her first day of freedom.

Pauline on her first day of freedom.

On Sept. 1st, Milena Nelson Blake of the Stanford Project picked Pauline up, took … 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

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

CAN-DO worked with BBC on article about Family Members of Clemency Applicants

CAN-DO worked with BBC on article about Family Members of Clemency Applicants

BBC reporter Jessica Lussenhop contacted the CAN-DO Foundation seeking insight to worked together for over a year after Jessica contacted CAN0DO seeking a connection to clemency applicants.   Jessica wanted to communicate with several prisoners over the course of many … Read the rest

Watch the CAN-DO video of clemency recipients and applicants

CAN-DO was tasked with the almost impossible job of creating a film for the events surrounding the White House Briefing on Life After Clemency.  CAN-DO and Harm Reduction Productions teamed up with Earthstream Media to produce a video of … 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 

Liz Warren

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

Ramona Brant in Humans of New York – over half a million likes!!!

Ramona Brant in Humans of New York – over half a million likes!!!

Ramona Brant at Brooklyn Detention Center before her release on Feb 2, 2016

Ramona Brant at Brooklyn Detention Center before her release on Feb 2, 2016

Ramona Brant is setting social media on fire – this time on Brandon’s Humans of New York blog and Facebook page.   Her image and story has … Read the rest

Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

Paraplegic Michael Pelletier is serving LIFE for POT

Paraplegic Michael Pelletier serving Life without    parole for marijuana

Michael Pelletier

At the CAN-DO Foundation, we like to help the public get to know the prisoners we advocate for on a personal level, so this month we’d like to … Read the rest

01. Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

01. 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
Offense:  Importing and Distributing Marijuana
Sentence: Life without parole
Incarcerated Since: 2006
Priors:  two minor pot related priors
Date of Birth: 1/31/56
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13 Luke Scarmazzo – 21.8 years for Medical Marijuana

13 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 with his mother and daughter

Luke with his mother and daughter

Luke Scarmazzo # 63131-097
DOB: 1980
Age: 35
Race: White
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17. Alfonso Angel – 25 years

17. Alfonso Angel – 25 years

Please sign Alfonso’s change.org petition – his daughter, Pilar wants her father home badly. “My father has been incarcerated my whole life, and it has been challenging. Growing up, I have always yearned to see my dad walk through the front … Read the rest

Michael David Knight – 17 years 6 months

Michael David Knight – 17 years 6 months

Michael Knight-baby_02_bestName: Michael David Knight # 09943-029
DOB: 7-4-1981
Age: 34
Children: one son, Victor, 15 years old.
Charge: conspiracy to deliver marijuana and conspiracy to launder money
Sentence Term: 17.5 years  (reduced from 22 years with amendment 782)
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Chris Williams – 5 years State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana

Chris Williams – 5 years State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana

State-legal medical marijuana provider and former marine Chris Williams is in federal prison for pot.

State-legal medical marijuana provider and former marine Chris Williams is in federal prison for pot.

Christopher Wayne Williams #11839-046
Offense:  Distribution of cannabis; Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime
Sentence: 60 months
Incarcerated Since: 2008
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#2 Michelle West – 1st Offender – Serving Life

#2 Michelle West – 1st Offender – Serving Life

Name: Michelle West 17809-039
Children: One daughter – Miquelle West
Race: Human
Grew up: Detroit, Michigan
Tried: Detroit, Michigan
Will Live: Los Angeles, CA
Charges: Count (2) Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, (3) Aiding & Abetting; Drug Related Murder (5) … Read the rest

Lavonne Roach – 1st Offender – 30 Years

Lavonne Roach – 1st Offender – 30 Years

Lavonne’s mother is extremely ill and in need of a liver transplant.  Lavonne needs to be at her mother’s bedside and we pray she will still get clemency – in the meantime, the Bureau of Prison should grant Lavonne a … Read the rest

Rita Becerra – 1st Offender – 27 Years

Rita Becerra – 1st Offender – 27 Years

Rita Becerra’s clemency petition was tragically denied on August 8, 2016. CAN-DO wants accountability and transparency with regard to why first offenders were passed over in favor of repeat offenders, especially when the applicant are women with perfect prison conduct … 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
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Michelle Miles – Received Clemency on 5/5/2016 after 19 years!

Michelle Miles – Received Clemency on 5/5/2016 after 19 years!

Michelle Miles

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 … Read the rest

Teresa Mechell Griffin Received Clemency on June 3, Serving Life Sentence

Teresa Mechell Griffin Received Clemency on June 3, Serving Life Sentence

CONGRATULATIONS to Teresa Mechell Griffin – was #6 on CAN-DO’s Top 25 

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Age: 50 (in a few days)
DOB: 06/08/1966
Children: 4 children, 2 grandchildren
Race: African American
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base
Served: 26 yrs
Sentenced: 1992
Sentence: LIFE … Read the rest

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