Author: Amy Ralston Povah

Amy Ralston Povah is a clemency recipient under President Clinton, an award winning filmmaker, and founder of the CAN-DO Foundation.
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Anabel Valenzuela – 32 Years

Name:  Anabel Valenzuela.
DOB:6/6/1983.
Age: 33
Race: Mexican-American.
Children: 2 sons, ages 11 and 12
Grew up: Born in Los Angeles but raised in Las Vegas since the age of 7.
Charge: Drug Conspiracy to distribute Methemphetamine and Money … Read the rest

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Anthony Viola – First Offender – Serving LIFE is NOW FREE!

We received some great news that Anthony Viola’s family that he would walk out of prison on October 12th due to a sentence reduction filed in the court under Amendment 782 – Drug Minus Two. This should have occurred years
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Eva Palma Atencio – 1st Offender – LIFE is NOW FREE

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Congratulations to Eva Palma Atencio and her family. She has finally received relief that is long overdue!  We will be adding more info after she gets through the immigration process.

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Eric McCauley – serving 23 years for pot received Compassionate Release on 6/24/21

Congratulations to Eric McCauley and his entire family, especially his son, Ethan! This wonderful family, son and dad can now reunite, heal, love, and celebrate this wonderful miracle called freedom! Freedom photos will be posted soon.  


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Ana Alvarez – 1st Offender – 30 years – Pending

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Please sign Ana Alvarez’s change. org petition

Name: Ana M. Alvarez #81092-004
DOB: 7-25-1954
Race: White hispanic
Age: 65
Children: One daughter
Charge: 18 USC 371 = Conspiracy to defraud the US
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Lawrence McCarroll – 33 years — released on CARES Act!

We are so happy for Lawrence and his mother Judy who has been a CAN-DO Guardian Angel for many years. She was Lawrence’s biggest advocate and never stopped working to bring him home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raquel Esquivel – 15 years for marijuana

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Name:
Raquel Esquivel
DOB: December 1, 1983
Race: White/Hispanic
Marital Status: Single
Age: 37
Children: 3 children and currently 6 months pregnant
State where you are from: Texas
State indicted: Texas
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NBC covers CARES Act cases and Clemency

Brian Foster was released from prison nearly a year ago under the CARES Act, a government policy that prioritized the use of home

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Politico Breaks Story about Biden’s CARES Act Clemency Effort

 

 

 

The Biden administration has begun asking former inmates confined at home because of the pandemic to formally submit commutation applications, criminal justice reform advocates and one inmate herself tell POLITICO.… Read the rest

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Detra Pate – 10 years

Name: Detra Wiley Pate #22511-021
DOB: 11/16/1964
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Age: 56
Children: 2
Grandchildren: none
State where you are from: Georgia
State indicted:  Georgia
Trial or pled guilty: Trial
Charges: Healthcare Fraud
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Jessica Antunez – 20 years – CARES Act on 8/27/21

jessica-picTalked to Jessica on 8/27/21 after she was released from FCI Dublin and on her way home! She will be on home confinement and we are elated that she can now reunite with her children, family and friends!  Congrats Jessica!Read the rest

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High Times focuses on Pot Lifer Ismael Lira

Most Affected: Ismael Lira’s Family Torn Apart as a Cannabis Lifer

This edition of Most Affected focuses on Ismael Lira, whose family was torn apart by the war on drugs. Here is his tragic story.
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Ismael Lira grew up in

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CAN-DO President Amy Ralston Povah on Rev Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation about CARES Act

Link below to an interview between Rev Al Sharpton and Amy Ralston Povah discussing the current state of affairs regarding the CARES Act and why the criminal justice reform community is up in arms about CARES Act prisoners left in … Read the rest

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New York Post references three CAN-DO cases: “Biden ‘exploring’ clemency for federal drug crimes”

 

Biden ‘exploring’ clemency for federal drug crimes, Psaki says

WASHINGTON — President Biden is “exploring” the idea of granting clemency to people who are serving federal prison sentences for drug crimes, White House … Read the rest

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Intercept focuses on marijuana offenders – Diana Marquez and Raquel Esquivel

DIANA MARQUEZ HAS spent the last 14 months going on long walks, hitting the treadmill, and cooking with her daughter. She’s gotten to know her grandson, a fourth grader, helping him with his math homework. She has also lived with

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