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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Pedro Moreno – LIFE FOR POT

Please sign Pedro’s change.org petition. 

Name: Pedro “Pete” Moreno #71498-079
DOB: Jan. 8 1960
Race: Hispanic
Marital Status: widowed.
Age: 62
Children: 5
Grandchildren: 3
State raised: Texas
State charged: Texas
Will live: Roma, Texas
Charge: Conspiracy with intent to … Read the rest

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Cornelius Berry – 15 Years for Cannabis

Name: Cornelius Lynn Berry, Reg. #26251-078
DOB: March 31, 1976
Race: Black
Raised: Tyler, Texas
Tried:  Eastern District of Texas
Will live: Desoto, Texas
Charges: 21 USC 846-Conspiracy to Possess & Distribute Marijuana.
Trial or plea: Guilty Plea
Sentenced on:Read the rest

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Alejandro Garcia Salinas – 30 years for drug conspiracy

Name: Alejandro Garcia Salinas, Reg. #21764-279
DOB: June 20, 1981
Race: Hispanic
Raised: Texas
Tried:  Northern District of Texas
Will live: Fort Worth Texas if not deported.  If deported, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana & Cocaine. (21 … Read the rest

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CAN-DO and Rachel Hanson in Wall Street Journal on Biden’s clemency spree

WASHINGTON—President Biden on Tuesday granted his first pardons and commutations to 78     people convicted mostly of nonviolent drug offenses, part of a broader White House effort to address inequities in … Read the rest

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CAN-DO pot prisoners in New York Post for 420

 

Huge thanks to Steven Nelson who quoted many of our pot prisoners in the following article, including, Pedro Moreno, Luke Scarmazzo, Donald Fugitt, Lance Gloor, and Michael Pelletier

 

 

 

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Clemency for 75 individuals + 3 Pardons from President Joe Biden

Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is granting clemency to 78 individuals, consisting of three pardons and 75 commutations.

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is pardoning the following three individuals:

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Posted in CAN-DO News Top 25 Women

Michelle West – 1st Offender – Serving Life Without Parole

Please sign Michelle’s Change.org petition
Name: Michelle West 17809-039
Children: One daughter – Miquelle West
Race: Human
Grew up: Detroit, Michigan
Tried: Detroit,
Michigan
Will Live: Los Angeles, CA
Charges: Count (2) Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, (3) Aiding & … Read the rest

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Roberta Bell – 1st Offender – LIFE

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Please sign Roberta Bell’s change.org 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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Lazara Ordaz – 35 years

Please sign Lazara’s change.org petition 
Name:
Lazara Ordaz #52247-066
DOB: 12/17/58
Race: AFRO-CUBAN
Marital Status: Single
Age: 61
Children: One daughter
Resident state: Florida
State charged: Philadelphia
Will live: Philadelphia
Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute More than 3 Kilos of controlled … Read the rest

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Celeste Monette Blair – 30 years

Name: Celeste Monette Blair
Race: White
Marital status: Divorced
Age: 52
Children: One son. One granddaughter
Born and raised: Jacksonville, Fla
Indicted: Fort Worth,Texas
Will release: San Diego, CA or Nashville, TN (depending on years served)
Pled:  Guilty
Charges: Conspiracy … Read the rest

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Joanne Tragas – 16 years

joanne-12038Name: Joanne Tragas #51090-018
DOB: March 24, 1967
Race: White
Age: 54
Children: 1
Born/Raised: Toronto, Canada
Will return: 1st to Canada, but hope to return to Sparta, Greece
Charge: Access Device Fraud & Various White collar crime charges (credit … Read the rest

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Holly Frantzen – 16 years 8 months

Holly Frantzen #54447-177
DOB:  5/10/70
Race: White
Martial Status:  Divorced
Age: 50
Children:  2
State where I am from:  Texas
State indicted:  Texas
Will release to:  Kentucky
Trial or pled guilty:  pled guilty
Charges: Conspiracy with intent to distribute a … Read the rest

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Clarissa Burgoon – 20 Years – NOW FREE

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Name: Clarissa Burgoon #11625-031
DOB: 1974
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Age: 47
Children:  Two
Grandchildren: One
State where you are from: Kansas
State indicted: Kansas
Will release to: … 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
Length of Sentence: … Read the rest

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Rachel Hanson – 12 years – released on CARES Act

We are excited that Rachel was released on CARES Act on August 9, 2021 and was called in by her case worker at the halfway house to fill out a clemency petition because she meets Biden’s criteria as someone who Read the rest

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