Michael Thompson goes viral thanks to Tana Ganeva’s Intercept article - After Tana Ganeva’s article dropped about Michael “Meeko” Thompson, it has gone viral on twitter, thanks to Shaun King, Ava DuVernay, and many more…an attorney has been assigned to help Meeko file for clemency in the state of Michigan. MICHAEL THOMPSON IS serving a 40- to 60-year sentence in Muskegon Correctional…
America's longest serving marijuana prisoner, Antonio Bascaro, incarcerated since 1980! Antonio Bascaro – Served 39 years for pot – NOW FREE! - Antonio was #1 on Top 25 men deserving of clemency because he has served more time for pot than anyone in the nation.  But, today, May 1st he walked out of prison and into the arms of his loving family! Washington Examiner covers Antonio’s freedom in this article: Bay of Pigs…
First Step Act recipient Catherine Toney goes to the White House - Catherine Toney has been profiled on the CAN-DO website for many years. We thought she would get clemency from the Obama administration because she not only met all the criteria of the Clemency Project 2014, she was assigned a CP14 attorney from Duke University who filed her petition, but sadly,…
America’s Voice News covers the First Step Act - America’s Voice News interviewed Amy Ralston Povah, Angela Stanton King and Topeka Sam about the First Step Act and the long road ahead for criminal justice reform. Watch the interview on American Voice News The bill known as the First Step Act would take modest steps to reform the criminal…
Monique Horton – First Step Act Recipient – FREE AT LAST - Monique Horton received an immediate release on February 4, 2019 due to the First Step Act. She served 184 months (15 years) and was re-sentenced to 168 months so she served 1 year and 5 months more than the reduced term under the Fair Sentencing Act that reduced the 100…
Troy Powell – 20 years – First Step Recipient - Name: Troy Powell DOB: 3/29/77 Race: White Marital Status: Single Age: 41 Raised: LENOIR, NC Will live: LENOIR, NC Charges: CONSPIRACY TO SELL CRACK Sentence: 20 Years Served: 15 Years 6 Months Started Sentence on: 9/13/03 Release date: 2/22/2019 Institution: FMC LexingtonComments: I did way to much time for the…
Catherine Toney – 20 years -Immediate release per FIRST STEP ACT!!! - Congratulations to Catherine Toney and her family!!! Catherine, her daughter Brandy, and her granddaughter Channon, went to the White House and met President Trump on February 21st, for Black History Month. He introduced Katherine as the “First female to receive an immediate release under the First Step Act.”     …
First Step Act snafu – but not for long! CAN-DO in Washington Examiner - “The recalculation of ‘good time’ credit is simply a data entry,” agreed Amy Povah, founder of the Clemency for All Non-Violent Drug Offenders, or CAN-DO, Foundation. “That should take 15 seconds.”  The White House and Federal Bureau of Prisons did not respond to requests for comment.  Justice Department spokesman Wyn…
The Appeal podcast with Amy Ralston and Craig Cesal - DEBUNKING THE STORIES ABOUT FEDERAL PRISONERS DINING ON STEAK As the government shutdown drags on, a number of media outlets–from NBC News to USA Today to the Washington Post–have run stories claiming that federal prisoners are eating elaborate steak dinners while prison guards go unpaid. This narrative, while obviously bogus,…
NBC interviews Robert Shipp’s sister, Veda to discuss the First Step Act - When NBC called CAN-DO seeking names of people who would benefit from the First Step Act, CAN-DO President Amy Ralston Povah had just the right person – Robert Shipp.  NBC wanted to film family members of incarcerated people who would come home soon, if not immediately due to the passing…
Charles “Duke” Tanner in Chicago Tribune - Charles “Duke” Tanner is an extraordinary case of an undefeated boxer from Gary, Indiana.  He’s a first offender serving a 30-year sentence, reduced from LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.  He is on the CAN-DO Top 25 Men deserving of clemency and is one of several cases we have sent to the White…
Charles “Duke” Tanner – 30 years – First time offender - Charles Tanner’s case covered by Chicago Tribune Dec 29, 2018. Please sign Tanner’s change.org petition  Name: Charles Tanner #08020-027DOB: June 9, 1980Age: 38Race: African AmericanRaised: IndianaTried: IndianaWill live: IndianaCharges: 5 Kilos or more of powder cocaineSentence:Two life sentences reduced to 30 years in 2017 per a 2 pt reduction in the Sentencing Guidelines.Sentenced on: May…
Clemency: The criminal justice reform Trump can achieve without Congress - President Trump unveiled one of his top legislative priorities before Democrats take over the House of Representatives: passage of the First Step Act, which would reduce some prison sentences. Though he still must win a tug-of-war within the Republican Party to get that bill through, he has a Plan B…
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…

 

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