Month: December 2016

Chalana McFarland – 1st Offender – 30 years – Clemency Granted on 1/20/21

Congratulations to Chalana McFarland who received clemency from President Trump on 1/20/21.  She was serving her sentence on house arrest due to CARES Act when she got the life-altering news.   Chalana is now living in Georgia and has reunited with … Read the rest

Elisa Castillo – 1st Offender – LIFE – NOW FREE due to compassionate release!

Please sign Elisa’s Clemency Petition.
elisa-castillo-02Elisa was released on May 30th due to compassionate release and is home with her family. We are overjoyed! 

Name: Elisa Castillo 67003-179
D.O.B: 7/13/1955
Race: Hispanic
Marital status: Widow
Age: 64
Children: 4 two … Read the rest

Shanita McKnight – 1st Offender – 20 years – released by BOP to home confinement


Although Shanita is on home confinement now, we are still vigorously advocating for her clemency!
Please sign and share Shanita’s clemency petition on Change

Name: Shanita McKnight #15537-171
DOB: 4/22/73
Race: African American
Martial status: Married
Age:Read the rest

Euka Wadlington – LIFE – NOW FREE! Compassionate release!


euka-wadlington-profile-photo-2Name: Euka Wadlington #10296-424
DOB: Feb , 1966
Race: African American
Marital Status: Single
Age: 52
Children: 5
Grandchildren: 3
State Raised: Illinois
State Charged: Iowa
Will release: Chicago, IL
Charge: Non-violent crack conspiracy/attempt delivery
Served to date: 19 … Read the rest

Tanesha Bannister – 23 years – NOW FREE!!!

 We are pleased that Tanesha was set free on May 1st 2019 thanks to the First Step Act.   Congratulations to Tanesha and all her family.
Tanesha was introduce by President Trump at the 2020 President Summit at the historically black
Read the rest

Mary Beth Looney – serving 42 years is NOW FREE thanks to First Step Act

Congratulations to Mary Beth Looney who received clemency on 12/19/16 but still had to serve 6 more years.  
Thanks to the First Step Act Mary Beth was released on 12/5/19 as was her husband Donald, “Dody”  Both received the Elderly Read the rest

NATIONAL TOWN HALL: The Clemency Initiative

Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America hosted:
National Town Hall: The Clemency Initiative
that aired, nationwide on Dec 19, 2016

Panelists include:
Van Jones, former President Obama advisor
Amy Povah, recipient of clemency
Sandy Ogilvy, Catholic University … Read the rest

Yale Law Students spotlight Clemency Applicants in Mic Op Ed

Yale Law Students, Xiaonan “April” Hu and Theo Torres, wrote an Op Ed that was published in Mic on December 30, 2016 that spotlights numerous clemency applicants that meet all the criteria of Clemency Project 2014, who are still waiting … Read the rest

Ferrell Scott and Craig Cesal in Washington Post

On the heels of a list of clemency denials released by the Dept of Justice, on November 29, 2016, reporters reached out to CAN-DO seeking information about select individuals that sent shock waves through the prisoner advocacy organizations, such as … Read the rest

Glamour Magazine features CAN-DO Women, Cheryl Howard and LaShonda Hall

CAN-DO is elated to update this Glamour article with the exciting news that Cheryl Howard received clemency on 12/19/16  We want to thank all the hard working volunteers who assisted Cheryl on this journey, such as her daughter Lavithia Howard, … Read the rest

CAN-DO in The Daily – Last symposium of the year for NCIFIWG!

On Friday, Dec 3, the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls conducted their final symposium of the year at University of Washington.  CAN-DO Founder was one of three on the clemency panel:

“Amy Povah, founder of … Read the rest

15 CAN-DO Members Received Clemency on 12.19.2016

Monday, December 19, 2016 is a date to remember for 15 CAN-DO members, 4 women and 6 men were on the CAN-DO Top 25 Lists for Men and Women!  The ten featured in our photo were in the CAN-DO Guardian Read the rest

The Council’s Open Letter to President Obama

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls has written an OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA  urging him to switch to a broader plan of “amnesty.”

December 13, 2016

The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 … Read the rest

LaShonda Hall is a perfect candidate for clemency – what went wrong?

The Guardian Angel Program was designed to help prisoners seeking clemency.  We have a team of volunteers, or “Angels” who communicate, one on one, and advocate on behalf of an applicant, and that doesn’t stop in the event they are … Read the rest

Michael Jackson – LIFE

Name: Michael Jackson
DOB: 8/4/1963
Race: Black
Marital Status: Single
Age: 53
Children: None
State raised: Virginia
Will release: Richmond, Virginia
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine/cocaine base Possession with intent to distribute, money laundering
Sentence: LIFE
Served to date: 24 … Read the rest

Scroll to top