President Obama Clemency

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

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

 Several media outlets have reached out to the CAN-DO Foundation regarding Carol’s recidivism. Therefore, we are providing the following STATEMENT from CAN-DO regarding Carol: 

To be clear, Carol suffers from addiction. It was the reason she was indicted, convicted and received … 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, P.S. Ruckman, Sam Morison, Andrea James and Eric Sterling, just to name a few.

Professor Mark Osler‘s work advocates for … Read the rest

Pot Lifers Photo Gallery

Pot Lifers Photo Gallery

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup: Madeline Martinez (NORML Women's Alliance/NORML), Diane Goldstein (LEAP), (CAN-DO), Kandice Hawes (NORML/SSDP), Cheri Sicard (CAN-DO)

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup 2015, Southern CA:

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup: Madeline Martinez (NORML Women's Alliance/NORML), Diane Goldstein (LEAP), (CAN-DO), Kandice Hawes (NORML/SSDP), Cheri Sicard (CAN-DO)

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup:

Amy takes the Free Pot Lifers posters to the White House!

Amy takes the Free Pot Lifers posters to the White House! 2014

Amy Povah takes Life for Pot Prisoner Craig Cesal to the White House 2014

An Amy Povah takes Life for Pot Prisoner Craig Cesal to

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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

Ramona Brant received clemency on 12/18/15 and set FREE on 2/2/2016

Ramona Brant received clemency on 12/18/15 and set FREE on 2/2/2016

 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

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

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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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.

Ricardo Ruiz Montes and Luke Scarmazzo are co-defendants who received 20 years for Medical Marijuana Dispensary Read the rest

Congrats to Dicky Joe Jackson – LIFE – received clemency on 8/3/16

Congrats to Dicky Joe Jackson – LIFE – received clemency on 8/3/16

CAN-DO volunteered Dicky Joe’s case for the following PSA, as told by Actor Tim Robbins.

Talked to Joe Jackson today – he walked out of prison today, Sept 31st!!! Free At Last!

Got word from Joe’s daughter April that her … 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

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

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

Amy Povah, Founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Justice Through Clemency

Amy Povah, Founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Justice Through Clemency

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 … 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

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

Ramona Brant’s Long Road to Freedom

Ramona Brant’s Long Road to Freedom

In 2009 Ramona Brant came onto CAN-DO’s radar through the prison grapevine.

Amy and Ramona at White House Briefing on Life After Clemency

Amy and Ramona at White House Briefing on Life After Clemency

According to Amy Povah: “Ramona Brant is a shining star and prime example of why I love … 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

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.

Douglas Efram and Malik King 6-22-16

Douglas Efram and Malik King 6-22-16

Efrem Rahoman Douglas – Knoxville, TN
Offense: Possession with intent to … Read the rest

CAN-DO in Mother Jones about Pres. Obama’s clemencies

CAN-DO in Mother Jones about Pres. Obama’s clemencies

CAN-DO Founder, Amy Ralston Povah was squirming in her seat during the White House convening on Women in Prison on 3/30/2016 because she had just dropped off her dear friend, Angie Jenkins, who she’d served time with at FCI Dublin … Read the rest

Angela LaPlatney – 20 years – Received clemency on 3/30/2016

Angela LaPlatney – 20 years – Received clemency on 3/30/2016

Angela LaPlatney received clemency on 3/30/2016.

Name: Angela La Platney #08713-091
DOB: 3/3/73
Age: 43
Children: 2 boys Bradley,21 & Tyler,20
Charge: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine
Sentence: 240 months
3/3/22 GCT or 9/24/24 Max
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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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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

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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

How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

CAN-DO White House Vigil - Five clemency recipients advocating for people they left behind

CAN-DO White House Vigil – Five clemency recipients advocating for prisoners they left behind. From left to right; Jason Hernandez, Barbra Scrivner, Norman Brown, Israel Torres, Amy Ralston Povah

Tips Prisoners Can Use to Enhance Chances at Executive Clemency

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00. Antonio Bascaro – Serving LIFE for pot – Served 36 years

00. Antonio Bascaro – Serving LIFE for pot – Served 36 years

CAN-DO has Antonio at 00 because his clemency has been denied but he used to be at #1 and we believe he is still the most deserving candidate for clemency.

America's longest serving marijuana prisoner, Antonio Bascaro, incarcerated since 1980!

America’s longest serving marijuana prisoner, Antonio Bascaro, incarcerated since 1980!

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00. Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda – Serving Life for Pot

00. Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda – Serving Life for Pot

Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda is serving Life for Pot

Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda is 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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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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04. John Knock – Serving Life for Pot

04. 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

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