Month: July 2016

David Barren – Life reduced to 30 years – Clemency Granted – TWICE!!! This time it’s time served!


Please sign David Barren’s petition and share with your network.  Help us bring David home to his family.
David Barren’s sentence was commuted from LIFE to 30 years. This is shocking because so many men with multiple prior convictions … Read the rest

Ferrell Scott – LIFE for marijuana – Clemency Granted on 1/20/21

Washington Post covers the story of Ferrell Scott’s shocking clemency denial!

Ferrell Scott in Raw Story


Name: Ferrell Damon Scott #27797177
DOB: January 2nd, 1963
Age: 56
Race: Black
Marital Status: Single
Children: Skyler Scott, Serrell Scott, and Shamaiya Scott… Read the rest

Chad Marks – 40 years – won his compassionate release!

We are elated that Chad Marks sentence was reduced to 20 years and his new outdate is June 4, 2020, but his prosecutor filed an emergency stay to the circuit court to keep Chad in prison.  More good news, a … Read the rest

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in The Hill Pushing CJ Reform

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah is taking on Senator Tom Cotton because he’s holding up a bipartisan bill for criminal justice reform entitled The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.  Senator Cotton is from Amy’s home state of Arkansas … Read the rest

Mary Ziman in Truthout: The Need for Compassionate Release – TWO PART SERIES

Victoria Law has written yet another compelling piece on the many negative aspects of mass incarceration.  Aging, Sick and Incarcerated: The Need for Compassionate Release



The CAN-DO Foundation provided Truthout with a few cases of women who are seeking … Read the rest

Alaine Lowell – Senior Vice President

alaine lowellAlaine Lowell became interested in drug policy in the early ’90s while working on a documentary about the history of marijuana in the U.S. She later wrote and directed, Grow Dutch, a documentary about marijuana in the Netherlands.

In 2010, … Read the rest

Anrica Caldwell – Vice President

Anrica CaldwellAnrica Caldwell was born in Los Angeles, California. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1988 and has been a resident for 30 yrs. Anrica finished high school and college in Pittsburgh and has been an educator for the Pittsburgh Public … Read the rest

Cheryl Ward – Secretary

Cheryl Ward is a Californian native who was incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 17 years, 6 months, 13 days and 1 hour from the time of her arrest in August of 1995. Upon her release in February … Read the rest

CAN-DO’s Founder, Amy Povah on Ed Kalegi’s America Weekend

On June 22, 2016, Ed Kalegi and Christina Stoffo interviewed CAN-DO President and Founder Amy Povah about her work with the CAN-DO Foundation; the clemency project and our marijuana laws. Click the links below to listen or download the interview.… Read the rest

Amy Povah on Mark Thompson’s “The Edge” I-heart radio show

The Edge starts with a 10 minute blast of politics from political analyst and journalist Michael Shure talking with well known news caster and radio personality, Mark Thompson; a daily voice in Los Angeles on the most listened to talk … Read the rest

Solidarity of NGOs in Open Letter to President Obama

The CAN-DO Foundation joined 135  Non-profit, Non-Governmental Organizations that signed a letter to President Obama seeking his support for a new approach to the war on drugs.


Dear Mr. President:

In April, the United Nations will hold a “General

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What Constitutes a Federal Drug Conspiracy?

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Who Can Be Charged? – Anyone who has any type of agreement or knowledge in connection to others who have the intent to commit drug law violations, (whether or not the accused ever participated in the act) can be … Read the rest

Tommy Martinez – Life Received CLEMENCY


Tommy was #21 on the Top 25 and is NOW FREE!

Name: Tommy M. Martinez #04517025
DOB: 10/21/1977
Race: Black
Marital Status: Single/Engaged
Age: 38
Children: Four
State you are from: Illinois
State where you were charged: Illinois… Read the rest

Eva Palma Atencio – 1st Offender – LIFE

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Please Sign Eva’s petition
Name: Eva Atencio Palma #21868-051
DOB: July-11-1974
Age: 44 years old
Children: 2 daughters Bianca and Estrella 1 son Herman
Grandchildren: yes
Nationality: Hispanic
State you are from: Chihuahua
State you were arrested: New Mexico… Read the rest

Roberta Bell – 1st Offender – LIFE

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Please sign Roberta Bell’s petition

Name: Roberta Ronique Bell #08116-067
DOB: Sept. 4, 1971
Race: Black
Age: 48
Children: Three children – 2 girls and boy. Ashley, Gerrid, and Jazzmin
Two granddaughters – Riley and Riyan
State from:Read the rest

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