pardons

The Conspiracy Law – What you don’t know can hurt you…

The Conspiracy Law – What you don’t know can hurt you…

CAN-DO Founder, Amy Ralston Povah got more time than her kingpin husband or anyone in his entire entire organization of smugglers and dealers even though she was the least culpable.  It’s convoluted and hard to believe, which is why we’ve … 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

Business Insider publishes our Open Letter seeking clemency for more women

Business Insider publishes our Open Letter seeking clemency for more women

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah collaborated with The Council* to write an ‘Open Letter’ to President Obama which was published in Business Insider on Dec 12, 2016.  CAN-DO coordinated with other advocacy organizations plus reached out to, and secured 42 … Read the rest

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

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

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 possession and two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine … 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

Ramona Brant’s long road to freedom has abruptly taken a turn – may she RIP

Ramona Brant’s long road to freedom has abruptly taken a turn – may she RIP

CANDO interviewed Ramona Brant less than two months after she was set free. Listen to her share, in detail, the day she learned President Obama granted her clemency.

Everyone at CANDO is devastated to learn of Ramona Brant’s passing that … 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

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

Ricardo Ruiz Montes – 20 years – Received Clemency on 1/19/17

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.

Name: Ricardo Ruiz Montes #63130-097
DOB: 1980
Race:  Hispanic
Family: Three children ages 11, 8 and … Read the rest

Congrats to Cynthia Shank – 15 Years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16

Congrats to Cynthia Shank – 15 Years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16

CAN-DO received a phone call from Rudy Valdez, Cindy’s brother that his sister received clemency this morning(11/22/2016) – before the list was released.  We are elated because we have been communicating with Rudy and Cindy for many years now – … Read the rest

Clinton Matthews – Life – Received Clemency 12/19/16

Clinton Matthews – Life – Received Clemency 12/19/16

unnamed-2Clinton 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 … Read the rest

Donella Harriel – 22 years – CLEMENCY GRANTED on 8/3/2016

Donella Harriel – 22 years – CLEMENCY GRANTED on 8/3/2016

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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… 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.  President Trump was moved by Kim Kardashian’s plea to free Alice Marie Jonson, who was #1 on the CAN-DO Top 25 … 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

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

Video of Lauren Cesal seeking clemency for her Dad, for Craig Cesal

Video of Lauren Cesal seeking clemency for her Dad, for Craig Cesal

 

Watch the video CAN-DO and Earthstream created of Craig’s daughter Lauren asking for her father to be set free.

Craig was on the Clemency and Justice Reform Radiothon and due to the prison phone time limitation, was not able … Read the rest

Malik King – CAN-DO Prisoner Outreach Coordinator Meets Clemency Recipients

Malik King – CAN-DO Prisoner Outreach Coordinator Meets Clemency Recipients

Prison Outreach Coordinator Malik King met with clemency recipient Efram Douglas on June 22nd and provided the following detailed summery of their encounter.

Efrem Rahoman Douglas – Knoxville, TN
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of … 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

Video Project

THIS PROJECT HAS ALREADY REACHED ITS DEADLINE AND IS NO LONGER SEEKING VIDEOS

CAN-DO has been tasked with making a video of formerly incarcerated people and family members of currently incarcerated people that we hope to share at several events, … 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
Date of Birth:Read the rest

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
SENTENCE:Read the rest

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

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