Month: January 2017

Pedro Moreno – LIFE FOR POT

Please sign Pedro’s petition. 

Name: Pedro “Pete” Moreno #71498-079
DOB: Jan. 8 1960
Race: Hispanic
Marital Status: widowed.
Age: 63
Children: 5
Grandchildren: 4
State raised: Texas
State charged: Texas
Will live: Roma, Texas
Charge: Conspiracy with intent to … Read the rest

Charles Scott – 51 years

Sign and share Charles’s Change petition seeking support for clemency:

charles-scott_fullName: Charles Scott #05917-028
Race: African American
Marital Status: Single
Age: 46
Children: 1 daughter
Grandchildren: 1 grandson
State raised: Indiana
State charged: Indiana
Will release: Indianapolis, Indiana
Charge: Conspiracy … Read the rest

Ricardo Riojas – Life for pot received Compassionate Release on 2-10-21!

Huge congratulations to Ricardo and his family, especially his daughter, Cynthia who called CAN-DO’s president, Amy Povah after she got the wonderful news!  It could not have happened to a nicer man, nor anyone more deserving!

Please sign Ricardo Riojas’ Read the rest

Lenora Logan – Life reduced to 30 years- Immediate release on 8/13/20 Clemency on 10/21/20

lenora-skinnyName: Lenora Logan #11733-424
DOB: 10-21-60
Age: 59
Children: 3
Grandchildren: 11
Raised: Iowa
Will live: Joliet, IL
Charges: Conspiracy to distribute and sell crack cocaine
Sentence:  LIFE reduced to 30 years on appeal and then resent 2 pt reduction … Read the rest

Nicole Walker – 10 years – First Offender – NOW FREE released 12/18/19

nicole-01Name: Nicole Walker #12462-030
DOB: June 4, 1970
Race: White
Marital status: Single
Age: 49 years old
Children: 1 daughter and 1 grandson
Raised: Iowa
Charged: Southern District of Iowa
Charges: 1 count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth… Read the rest

Michael Bryant – LIFE – NOW FREE due to First Step Act

michael-bryantWe are pleased to say that Michael was released from prison on Nov. 1st, 2019.
Michael Andrea Bryant
DOB: 5/14/79.
Race: Black
Marital Status: Single
Age: 39
Raised: Alabama
Indicted: Alabama
Sentence: LIFE
Charges: Possession with intent to sell … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

U.S. News reports on pot lifers, Michael Pelletier and John Knock

CAN-DO Foundation founder Amy Ralston Povah, a clemency recipient herself who helped prepare Pelletier’s application, says she’s holding out hope that Obama will issue a final list of commutations on Friday.

“If a paraplegic serving life for pot is not … Read the rest

330 clemencies were granted on 1/19/17 by President Obama –

Here is the final list under President Obama:

President Obama Grants Commutations

WASHINGTON – Today, the President granted commutation of sentence to 330 individuals:

• Abdulmuntaqim Ad-Deen – Baltimore, MD
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; District of … Read the rest

Business Insider tackles the issue of two few women getting clemency.

Excerpts: “With about four months to go before Obama’s term ends, time is running out to even that proportion, according to Amy Povah, a former federal inmate whose 24-year sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 2000.”

“Povah, who … Read the rest

Vice writes about Crystal Munoz; 19 years for pot!

“Crystal is one of the few women I’ve worked with that has an opportunity to reunite with her daughters before they become women, before they grow out of the stage where they need their mothers to be hands-on,” reflected Amy … Read the rest

Huffpost: Still a man’s world…especially for clemency

Published 01/12/2017 03:39 pm ET |


An alarming number of women, including first offenders have been denied clemency even if they fit all the criteria laid out by the Obama admin-istration, such as Lori Kavitz, Melissa Trigg and many more. … Read the rest

Lavonne Roach and Ferrell Scott in Raw Story

Lavonne Roach’s mother needs a liver and cannot survive much longer – will President Obama reunite this mother/daughter before it’s too late?  Tana Ganeva writes about Lavonne’s desperation to see her mother and Ferrell Scott – serving life for marijuana … Read the rest

Women Have Been Failed by Obama’s Clemency Program – The Establishment

CAN-DO Fondation cited in the following article entitled: Obama’s Clemency Program Has Failed Incarcerated Women


As of January 17, 2017, over 1,385 inmates had received clemency or been pardoned; only around 90 of those people are women, as far … Read the rest

Vera Institute focuses on lack of clemency for women

Vera Institute reached out to CAN-DO for a statement about the lack of women receiving clemency, something we are very passionate about and have devoted countless resources and energy toward.  In this article:  “The consequences that face the children and … Read the rest

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