The Top 25 Women Deserving Clemency

CAN-DO Top 25 Women Deserving Clemency

#1. Alice Marie Johnson – 1st Offender – Life - Alice is already renowned for her annual Easter play and has scripted and staged her own original sequels to “Sister Act” and “Madea Comes to Carswell,” which she schedules on holidays such as Mother’s Day, Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. (Carswell is the location of one of the Bureau of Prison’s medical centers.)
#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) False Statements to Institution with Deposits Insured by the FDIC…
#3 Roberta Bell – 1st Offender – Life – PENDING - Name: Roberta Ronique Bell #08116-067 DOB: Sept. 4, 1971 Race: Black Marital Status: Married (Still) Age: 44 Children: Three children – 2 girls and boy. Ashley; 30, Gerrid; 28, Jazzmin; 25 One granddaughter – Riley; 3 State from: Born in Rockford, Il – moved to PA at 14 Tried: in…
#4 Eva Palma Atencio – 1st Offender – Serving Life - Name: Eva Atencio Palma #21868-051 DOB: July-11-1974 Age: 42 years old Children: 2 daughters Bianca and Estrella 1 son Herman Grandchildren: 1 Nationality: Hispanic State you are from: Chihuahua State you were arrested: New Mexico Sentence: Life without parole Charges: Conspiracy to dist. cocaine and marijuana Sentence: Life without parole Served: over 13 years in…
#5. Patricia Cooney – 1st Offender – 36 years - Name: Patricia Cooney #50662-004 DOB: 7-18-1953 Race: Black Marital Status: Single Age: 64 Children: One adult daughter and one adult son; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Grandchildren: One granddaughter who was disabled by gunshot accident Charge: Conspiracy to possess a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to distribute; Possession of a…
#6. Elisa Castillo – 1st Offender – LIFE - Name: Elisa Castillo 67003-179 D.O.B: 7/13/1955 Race: Hispanic Marital status: Widow Age: 61 Children: 4 Grandchildren: 12 State Raised: came to united states at age 13, been living in dallas since State Charged: Texas Will realese to: Dallas, Texas Charge: Mixture/substance containing cocaine /conspiracy to commit money laundering Sentence: Life Without Parole…
#7. Lenora Logan – Life reduced to 30 years - Name: Lenora Logan #11733-424 DOB: 10-21-60 Age: 56 Children: 3 Grandchildren: 11 Raised: Iowa Will live: Joliet, IL Charges: Conspiracy to distribute and sell crack cocaine Sentence:  LIFE reduced to 30 years on appeal and then resent 2 pt reduction to 27 years. Served to date: 17 years 3 months…
Rose Summers – 1st Offender – 24 Years - Rose Ella Summers – 20697-001 DOB: 9-11-70 Age: 45 Children: 1 son – Victor Race: White Raised: Grand Prarie, Texas Tried: Dallas, Texas Will live: Dallas, Texas Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth and Money Laundering Sentenced: May 7, 1997 Sentence: 24 years 4 months Served: 19 years Release Date: August 9,…
Lori Kavitz – 1st Offender – 24 Years 4 Months - I have lost everyone in my family but my sons and my grandchildren, whom I've never met. I need to help my sons raise their families and always be there for them. I've taken so much from them by not being there. My mother and sister have both passed away during my incarceration and I was not able to be there when they needed me most or to even attend their funerals.
Lavonne Roach – 1st Offender – 30 Years - LaVonne has rebuilt herself from a pre-prison existence that is hard to fathom if you haven’t been there - an unremitting tale of alcohol, drugs, poverty, violence and abuse starting at age 11. LaVonne doesn’t deserve a second chance. She needs a first chance - a first chance to live in peace, to care for her ailing parents, to love her children, to help care for grandchildren who hardly know her.
Rita Becerra – 1st Offender – 27 Years - I pray that the 20 years I have already served will be considered sufficient for my role in what occurred, especially since those who were far more involved are now home. I am 63 years old and the balance of my life is moving toward the shallow end, so I pray that I will be reunited with my children soon.
Crystal Munoz serving 20 years for pot - Receiving clemency would alter my whole future, and the future of my spouse and children, not to mention my other family members who sacrifice their time to help take care of my children. It means that I can be a mother to my children and a wife to my husband. I can be there to feed and take them to school and help raise them.
Elizabeth Rushing – 1st Offender – 24 years -   Name: Elizabeth Marie Rushing DOB: 5/14/1966 Children: 1 daughter – she was 18 months old when I came to prison and is now 16 yrs old Race: White Charges: 24.5 years – 2 counts under 18 USC 1956; (Money Laundering); Conspiracy to Money Launder and Aiding and abetting etc. Sentence:…
Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life - I hope and pray that what I did when I was 20 will not define me for the rest of my life and mandate a death sentence. I’ve read that people who commit murder, even in the state of Texas, face 5 to 99 years. I never killed anyone, yet, due to the conspiracy statute, I’ve been held responsible for the actions of others and given a Life sentence.
Tanesha Bannister – 23 years – PENDING -   Name: Tanesha Bannister DOB: 10-04-74 Race: African American Marital Status: Divorced Age: 42 Children: 2 Children…one daughter 24 and one son 22 Raised: South Carolina Indicted: South Carolina Will Live: Columbia, South Carolina Charges: Possess to Distribute 50 grams of Crack and 5 kilos of cocaine. Sentence: LIFE reduced to 23 years…
Chalana McFarland – 1st Offender – 30 years – PENDING - Chalana McFarland – 1st offender – 30 years – Clemency Pending DOB: 5/31/68 Race: Black Marital Status: Married Age: 48 Children: 1 daughter age 16 Raised: Georgia Charged: Georgia Will release to: Atlanta, Georgia Charges: Mortgage fraud (bank fraud/wire fraud/money laundering/obstruction of justice/perjury) Sentence: 30 years Served to date: 11…
Nancy Ferneau – 25 years -   Name: Nancy E.Ferneau, DOB: 2/27/52 Race: Caucasian Age: 64 Children: 2 daughters; Tina R.Estabrook, and Alicia K.Estabrook Grandchildren: Tina has 3 boys and 1 girl, Alicia has 2 boys, total 6 grandchildren, State Raised: Seattle ,Wash. Tried: Bismarck, No. Dak. that is where I lived for the last 12…
Angela Wright – 30 years - Name: Angela C. Wright #: 12118-017 DOB: 1/1/1977 Age: 39 (as of 2016) Marital Status: Single Children: and Names: One son, Brad Moore, Jr. Sentence: 30 years, 4 months Date Sentence Started: 2/24/2007 Years served: 10 Release Date: 8/22/2033 – now deducted to Feb. 2026 due to “Drugs Minus Two” departure.…
Holly Dawn Moore – 1st Offender – 16 years -  Name: Holly Dawn Moore DOB: 7/12/82 Race: Caucasian Marital Status: Single Age: 34 Children:  One son, age 18 years old Charge: Conspiracy to Robbery Affecting Commerce Sentence: 16 years 4 months Years Served to Date: 11 years Date Sentence Started: 12/5/2005 Priors: None Health Status: Good Prison Conduct: A few…
Diana Marquez – 1st Offender – 30 years - Name: Diana Marquez DOB: July 12, 1956 Race: Hispanic Marital Status: Married Age: 59 Children: 5 Grandchildren: 16 Charge: Drug Conspiracy & Laundry Money Sentence: 30 years Serve to date: 10 Years Started Sentence on: 6/06/2007 Priors: First offender Prison Conduct: Perfect conduct Clemency Status: Submitted on May 24, 2016 – Denied Supporters: CAN-DO…
LaShonda Hall – 45 years - Name: LaShonda Hall DOB: 8-2-81 Race: Black Marital Status: Single Children: 1 (Son) State from: Tennessee State charged: Tennessee Charges: Conspiracy to distribute and possession w/intent to distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride, Cocaine Base (Crack), MJ & Ecstasy; PWITD Marijuana, Money Laundering, Aiding & Abetted… Sentence: 45 years 8 months Served: 8 years…
Andrea Joy James – 27 years 6 months - Name: Andrea Joy James DOB: 04/03/1966 Age: 48 Children: 1 Daughter – 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons Race: Black Charge: Conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine base Year Sentenced: 1999 Sentence: 27.6 Release date: 01/11/2022 Served: 17 years Co-Defendants: Are all men and are all free. They got 5-6 years.…
Catherine Toney – 20 years – PENDING - Name: Catherine Terracia Toney DOB: 07-16-1963 Race: Black Marital Status: Single Age: 53 Children: Daughter- Brandy Toney (Only child) Grandchildren: Granddaughter – Channon Toney (one) Raised: Alabama Tried: Mobile, AL Where will you release: Mobile, AL Charge: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base Sentence: 20 years…
Mary Rose Ziman – 27 Years - I am a very proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I was fortunate to meet most of the grandchildren while incarcerated. During my incarceration I lost my husband on Christmas Day 2013, plus three brothers and a sister. I was on permanent disability before I was incarcerated. After 15 years my health is deteriorating rapidly.
Rhonda Turpin – 17 years – PENDING - Name: 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: Good Supporters: CAN-DO Foundation, The LOHM, Families for Justice as Healing,…
Clarissa Burgoon – 20 Years -  Name: Clarissa Burgoon DOB: 5-18-1974 Race: White Marital Status: Single Age: 42 Children:  Two ages 17 and 20 Grandchildren: None State where you are from: Kansas State indicted: Kansas Charges: Conspiracy to commit Money Laundering Sentence:  20years Served: 9 Years Started Sentence on:  7-02-2008 Prison: A few misdemeanors, A felony theft…
Melissa Trigg – 1st Offender – 15 years - Melissa Trigg 18097-045 Age: 42 Children: 1 son Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth / Possession of a Firearm Priors: First offense Sentence: 15 years Served: 10 years Sentenced: 2006 Prison Conduct: No Disciplinary actions / model inmate Release Date: August 16, 2019 Institution: FCI Greenville, Clemency Status:  Denied. Accomplishments: • NFPT (National…
Shanita McKnight – 1st Offender – 20 years -   Name: Shanita McKnight DOB: 4/22/73 Race: black Martial status: married Age: 43 Children: 2 State raised: SC State charged: SC Will release: Charlotte, NC Charges: count 1 conspiracy to posses narcotics with the intent to distribute and count 2 extortion of a public employee Sentence: 20 years Served to…
Debbie Singleton – 24 years 4 months – DENIED - Name: Debbie M. Singleton #: 62211-097 DOB: 2/22/1965 Race: white – Mexican/Hawaiian Age: 51 (as of 2016) Grew up in: San Mateo, CA Children: Four children, Michael, Rodolfo, Antonio, Alejandro Charge: Conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of meth (in VA). Went to trial. Tried in: Western District Virginia…
Phyllis Hood – 22 years – PENDING - Phyllis Hood – 28114-112 Age: 60 DOB: Race: White Children: 1 son Length of Sentence: 22 years Sentenced on: 2006 Served: 12 years Release Date: 7/28/2023 Priors: drug possession charge – Charge: Conspiracy to Traffic Meth; Prison Conduct: Clear conduct – no incidents Health Issues: Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma; High blood…
Ana Alvarez – 30 years – Pending - Name: Ana M. Alvarez DOB: 7-25-1954 Race: White hispanic Age:62 years old Children: One daughter Charge: 18 USC 371 = Conspiracy to defraud the US 18 USC 1349 = Conspiracy to commit health care fraud 18 USC 286 = Submission of False Claims Sentence: 30 years Served to date: 7.5 years…
Karen Davis – 20 years – DENIED - Name: Karen L. Davis # 40291-074 DOB: 5/12/71 Age: 45 (as of 2016) Marital Status: Married. Children : Seven children, Timothy Benford, Nathan Benford, Willie Davis, Jr., Isadore Davis, Deonte Davis, Jazmine Davis, Brandon Davis. Health Status: High blood pressure Sentence: 20 years Date Sentence Started: 7/22/2003 Years served: 13…
Rachel Rogers – 18 years – DENIED - Name: Rachel Rogers DOB: 8/10/73 Race: Hispanic Marital status: divorced Age: 43 Children: 4 Grandchildren: 1 State raised: North Dakota Will release: Brooklyn, New York Charge: Conspiracy to distributed 500 grams of Meth Sentence: 18 years Served to date: 9.5 years Started Sentence On: Sept.14 2007 Priors: Sale with intent to distribute…
Joanne Tragas – 25 years – PENDING - Name: JOANNE TRAGAS #51090-018 DOB: MARCH 24, 1967 Race: White Age: 48 Children: 1 Charge: Access Device Fraud & Various White collar crime charges (credit card fraud, bank fraud , wire fraud) Length of Sentence: 25 years , appealed & won, went down to 16 years, 3 months. Served to date:…
Nicole Walker – 10 years – PENDING - Name: Nicole Walker DOB: June 4, 1970 Race: White Marital status: Single Age: 46 yrs old Children: 1 daughter and 1 grandson Raised: Iowa Charged: Southern District of Iowa Charges: 1 count conspiracy to manufacture with distribution of meth Sentence: signed a 5 yr plea received 10 year mandatory minimum at…
Tynice Hall – 28 years - Name: Tynice Hall # 34596-177 DOB: 7/27/1983 Age: 33 (as of 2016) Marital Status: Single Children:  One son, Jonathan Health Status: Excellent Sentence: 28 years, 7 months (295 months) Date Sentence Started: 7/28/2006 Years Served: 11 years Release Date: 8/19/2027 Charge(s): Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute…
Jessica Antunez – 20 years – Pending -   Name: Jessica Lee Antunez DOB: 02-26-1979 Race: Caucasian Age: 36 years Austin, 20 yrs; Alyssa, 15 yrs; and Victoria, 12 yrs Grew up: Illinois Case originated in: Southern Dist of Iowa Will release to: Texas Charge: One count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine Sentence: 20 years Sentence began: July 3,…
Barbara Pacheco – 20 years – DENIED - Name: Barbara Pacheco #05776-030 DOB:12/26/1958 Age: 57 Children: 1 son – Jay (38) 1 daughter Samantha (35) 5 grandchildren – all girls. Race: White Charge: Conspiracy to Deliver 500 grams. Served: 9 years Sentence: 20 years Sentenced in: 2006 Release Date: 07/04/2025 Priors: Petty theft and Possession of Firearm – due to raid that yielded only…
Bernetta Willis – 42 Years – DENIED - Name: Bernetta L. Willis #: 11880-002 DOB: 06/05/1978 Age: 38 (as of 2016) Children: 5 children: Mercedes McQueen, 21 years old; Eddie McQueen, 19 years old; Lexus McQueen, 18 years; Leshedrice Willis, 15 years old; Camry WIllis,13 years old. Grandchildren- Mariya McQueen, 5 years old; Majdsen McQueen, 1 year old.…