Entertainment Tonight interviews CAN-DO’s Amy Ralston Povah about Felicity Huffman’s time in prison - Felicity Huffman’s time spent at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, will definitely not feel like a vacation, former inmate Amy Povah tells ET. On Wednesday, ET spoke to Povah — who previously served nine years at the same jail that 56-year-old Huffman turned herself in to on Tuesday to begin her two-week…
FCI Dublin cell is NO college dorm room, says Amy Povah of CAN-DO Foundation - “To set the record straight, I have no recollection of ever comparing a prison cell to “college dorm living” although that’s a catchy title for In Touch.” says Amy Ralston Povah to her CAN-DO members and followers on social media. For one, you cannot bring your bed covering, clothes, leave…
360 Law focuses on John Bolen’s clemency petition and the backlog of other pending petitions - Because he let two Bahamian men use his boat to smuggle 188 kilograms of cocaine into Florida 13 years ago, John Bolen is going to die in federal prison. In his bid for presidential clemency, the former commercial fisherman cites several contributing factors that led to his fate. Hurricanes ravaged…
Aaron Sandusky’s medical marijuana nightmare – told by Reason - When Sandusky opened a marijuana dispensary in 2009, medical cannabis had been legal for 13 years in California. But in 2011, the feds carried out a series of federal raids on medical marijuana clinics in California, despite earlier assurances from President Barack Obama and his attorney general that they wouldn’t…
REVEAL’s “Pardon Me” featuring Charles “Duke” Tanner and CAN-DO - CAN-DO’s Amy Ralston Povah was interviewed for the “Pardon Me” episode on Reveal and connected the producer with one of our favorite clemency applicants – Charles Tanner. Listen to “Pardon Me” here. We start by meeting Charles “Duke” Tanner, a former boxer who is serving 30 years in federal prison…
Charles “Duke” Tanner – 30 years – First time offender - Charles Tanner’s case coveredby The Center for Investigative Reporting, REVEAL show. and Chicago Tribune Dec 29, 2018. Please sign Tanner’s change.org petition  Name: Charles Tanner #08020-027DOB: June 9, 1980Age: 39Race: African AmericanRaised: IndianaTried: IndianaWill live: IndianaCharges: 5 Kilos or more of powder cocaineSentence:Two life sentences reduced to 30 years in 2017 per Drugs Minus…
Rufus Rochell in Daily Beast by Sam Stein - As he watched CNN from inside the federal correctional complex in Coleman, Florida, Rufus Rochell couldn’t suppress his joy at the news of Conrad Black. His old friend, the media tycoon with whom he shared a dorm years ago, had received a pardon from President Donald Trump. Surely this meant that…
Crystal Munoz in local Odessa press – MRT - An Odessa woman serving 15 years for conspiracy charges related to marijuana has petitioned U.S. President Donald Trump for a sentence reduction. A petition was filed on Crystal Munoz’s behalf by Texas A&M University’s Criminal Defense Clinic in November and supplemented with additional information in March. Munoz was found guilty…
Jared Kushner helps First Step Act recipient get a job at Walmart - Catherine Toney began February in prison and ended the month with a job at Walmart after White House adviser Jared Kushner called company CEO Doug McMillon on her behalf. Toney, 55, is believed to be the first woman freed by the FIRST STEP Act, which President Trump signed in December. She was released…
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…
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…
Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life – WILL GO FREE SOON! - 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.
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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.…

 

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