Amy Ralston Povah nominated for Activist of the Year – Please vote! - CAN-DO Foundation’s President Amy Ralston Povah has been nominated for Activist of the Year by the Cannabis Business Awards.  As a member of the cannabis community, a few of Amy’s achievements include: Produced, directed and wrote the award winning 420-The Documentary film that took top prize and won Best Documentary…
Three CAN-DO members featured in Washington Examiner seeking clemency - CAN-DO was asked to obtain quotes from several of our clemency candidates.  Fortunately, we were able to get quotes from Michael Pelletier, Chad Marks and David Barren for the following article by Steven Nelson for Washington Examiner. When President Trump “pardons” a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys on Tuesday, prisoners will…
CAN-DO’s Amy Ralston Povah quoted on prison reform and clemency in Washington Examiner - CAN-DO members Michael Montalvo and Lavonne Roach quoted in the Washington Examiner…  “Last month, clemency advocates including Amy Povah of CAN-DO Clemency and Alveda King, the anti-abortion evangelical leader, hosted a panel at a Women for Trump event at Trump International Hotel in Washington. Povah hopes that Congress passes the…
Sign our petition to FREE ALL POT PRISONERS! - The CAN-DO Foundation has submitted a list of clemency candidates to the White House. One list was comprised solely of 22 people serving time for marijuana-only offenses.  Most of these individuals have already served over 10 years and Antonio Bascaro has served 38 years for a first time pot offense!…
Corvain Cooper in OC Register – Will Trump save his life! - Barbara Tillis isn’t sure when she’ll get to see her son, Corvain Cooper, again.  (read the entire article here) Every few months for the past four years, Tillis, has driven five hours with her husband, daughter and Cooper’s oldest daughter, making the trip from Rialto to the federal prison in Atwater, near…
Amy Povah in Salon: “Is there hope…” - Back in the late ’80s, a few years into her marriage to her now ex-husband, Povah discovered that he had been involved in an international ecstasy business. He asked her to handle some “financial matters” for him while he was dealing with some legal wrangling. At her trial, there was…
Yahoo News focuses on 3 CAN-DO clemency candidates - When Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother serving life in prison for drug trafficking, was granted clemency by President Trump on June 6, a phone call went out from the White House counsel’s office — the administration wanted more people like her. On the receiving end was Mark Holden, general…
Ex-NFL player asks Trump to release Marcus Paige – we think he’s innocent! - Amy Povah, who leads the CAN-DO Foundation, says she confirmed with the policy advocate who is serving as a conduit that Paige’s letter was sent to the White House on Wednesday. The advocate did not respond to requests for independent confirmation. “CAN-DO normally doesn’t take second degree murder cases because…
Medium interviews Amy Povah on prison reform and Alice Johnson’s clemency - Amy Ralston Povah served nine years in prison before President Clinton commuted her sentence.  She is now one of the most knowledgeable and effective advocates for executive clemency, and for sensible reform of our criminal justice system. Her group, CAN-DO recommends candidates for clemency (sentence reduction), including Alice Johnson, whose sentence…
CAN-DO’s list of names goes to the White House, per Washington Examiner - CAN-DO sited by Washington Examiner as one of three sources providing names of additional clemency candidates to the White House.  Read the rest of the story A list of 17 women and six men prepared by CAN-DO was topped by drug-conspiracy convict Michelle West and mail-fraud inmate Connie Farris, women…
Fox 11 News Interviews Amy Povah the day Alice Johnson was set free - Morning of June 6, 2018, CAN-DO President, Amy Povah said her phone was blowing up with text messages to “turn on CNN.”  The night before Amy had communicated with Alice that her release was imminent; even likely it would happen in six days on June 12th, but this was Wednesday…
CNN – Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson - Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case during an Oval Office meeting with Trump. Johnson has already served 21 years of a life sentence after she was convicted on charges of…
Alice Johnson and CAN-DO in KOMO News - Amy Povah conducted a radio interview with KOMO news the day Alice Johnson was set free.  We have nothing but positive things to say about Kim Kardashian’s involvement, even though the media wants to question this method.  She carried Alice across the goal line for the winning touchdown that led…
CAN-DO in USA Today – Alice Johnson’s Clemency - CAN-DO quoted in USA Today, per Gregory Korte on the freedom of Alice Johnson:  Watch video and read the story here The Can-Do Foundation, which advocates shorter sentences for non-violent drug offenders, put Johnson at the top of its list of federal prisoners most deserving of a presidential commutation. Amy…
Alan Dershowitz, Alice Johnson and CAN-DO in Wash Examiner talking Clemency - CAN-DO collected quotes from Alice Johnson, Michael Pelletier, Michelle West, Crystal Munoz, and Connie Farris, for  Steven Nelson’s article focused on Alan Dershowitz’s perspective on what it takes to get clemency from President Trump. “You have to appeal to his sense of injustice,” said Dershowitz, who often says on TV that…
Business Insider covers Kim Kardashian’s trip to the White House - Johnson said it took a miracle for her case to grab the attention of the Trump administration — and that miracle came in the form of Kardashian West.  For years, Johnson believed Obama was her last hope of leaving prison alive.  Now, she’s hoping Trump will do what Obama wouldn’t.…
CANDO in BBC coverage of Kim Kardashian’s meeting with Pres. Trump - BBC writes about Kim Kardashian’s trip to the White House and talked to CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah.  CAN-DO is elated that Kim Kardashian has committed herself to freeing Alice Johnson, who has been on the CAN-DO Top 25 since 2014 and was mysteriously passed over by the Obama administration.  Read…
CANDO participated in White House work shop on women’s issues - CAN-DO President, Amy Povah was invited to the White House Summit on prison reform and asked to share her hard-earned knowledge about Women’s Issues related to incarceration.  CAN-DO supports the First Step Act and is working hard to garner support as it goes to the House floor for a vote…
CANDO goes to the White House, quoted in the Washington Examiner - CANDO president Amy Povah attended the White House Summit on prison reform as mentioned in the Washington Examiner:   Read the entire story here. Amy Povah, founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, said that she left the White House optimistic about the chances of both legislative reform and clemency under Trump.…
Catina Scales and Topeka Sam on MSNBC mention CAN-DO RE: Alice Johnson - Catina Scales (daughter of Alice Johnson and friend of CAN-DO President Amy Povah) and colleague Topeka Sam were interviewed on MSNBC about Alice Johnson’s clemency, granted by President Trump on June 6 2018. Topeka Sam does a great job explaining why we need to end Life Without Parole sentences.  Catina…
In Justice Today and CANDO focus on BOP memos with harsh consequences - CANDO Foundation worked with reporter Lauren Gill with In Justice Today to get to the bottom of the BOP Memo debacle regarding BOOKS, EMAIL and MAIL policy.  It’s a very bleak picture. The book policy prohibits family and friends from sending prisoners books.  The policy has yet to be implemented…
CAN-DO Foundation communicates directly with every prisoner on our site - Since 2000, Amy Ralston Povah, president and Founder of CAN-DO Foundation has advocated on behalf of others seeking justice through clemency.  The CAN-DO Foundation website does not collect or compile the information on this site by surfing the internet.  We communicate directly with almost every prisoner and/or their family members…
Rewire reveals additional burdens for women serving time - Special thanks to Victoria Law and REWIRE, for this in depth article:  “Women do not choose to have a period,” said Amy Povah, who spent nine years in a federal prison and is now the founder and director of the CAN-DO Foundation, in a phone interview. “If we are going…
CANDO expresses “hope” in NBC news on Trump’s first commutation - Obama’s ramping up of commutations, which lessens an inmate’s prison time, was extraordinary given the historic rarity of it all, according to advocates. “Everybody was hoping they’d see their name on the list,” said Povah, who herself was granted clemency under President Bill Clinton in 2000 after she was convicted…
CAN-DO Pot Prisoners in Rolling Stone - CAN-DO worked with Tana Geneva to gather stories for her revealing article for Rolling Stone – click title and read the whole story: Pot Prisoners: Meet Five Victims of the War on Drugs This must-read exposes the ugly underbelly of the drug war by spotlighting five cases – four of…
Federal Sentencing Review explores Obama’s clemency initiative - Doug Berman’s Federal Sentencing Reporter, together with Vera Institute engaged in an in-depth review of President Obama’s Clemency Initiative. CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah was asked to write about the “women” who received clemency from President Obama, or lack thereof.  Sadly, Amy’s article is entitled: Clemency Initiative Favored Male Repeat Offenders Over…
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 created a video using clips dating back to the 90s, from…
Huffpost: “Criminal Justice System’s War on Women” - Clinton-era clemency recipient Amy Ralston Povah is profiled in the following Huffpost article regarding women suffering from overly harsh ‘Department of Justice’ policies: What often goes unreported and frighteningly unnoticed is the war the administration is waging on women through the criminal justice system.  Women are the fastest growing population…
CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in New York Times - January 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 purpose of pardons.” Using Mark Wahlberg’s request for a pardon…
Clemency favored men over women, even if they were repeat offenders - CAN-DO Foundation has done exhaustive research regarding who did and did not receive clemency from President Obama during his historic clemency initiative.  Our findings are rather shocking. It’s no surprise that more men received clemency than women because they outnumber women in federal custody, but what is most disturbing is…
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 clemency recipients who attached their name to the letter.  Our main…
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 regard to the entire pardon process, having worked at the Office…
Obama hits milestone, but too few women – Atlantic - President Obama shatters glass ceiling by granting more than 1,000 clemencies, but only 68 were women!       by, JULEYKA LANTIGUA-WILLIAMS Among the recipients in the latest group are Donna McDaniel, Cindy Shank, and Lisa Ball, all of whom received support from CAN-DO, an advocacy organization that promotes the…
Huffpost Op Ed: We Must Reduce Mass Incarceration in the U.S., Not Escalate It - Huffpost contributor, Amy Povah weighs in on Sessions’ directive that will take this nation back to the Dark Ages of the 90s “dumb on crime,” era.  Read the entire Huffpost Op Ed…      
Women Speak Out Against Sessions New Directive in Truthout - Michelle West, Ramona Brant, Alice Johnson, Nkechi Taifa and Amy Povah in Truthout about AG Session’s new directive that targets women and makes them serve time for illegal acts committed by men, who often go free for providing “substantial assistance.”  In the federal prison in California, Michelle West described people…

 

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