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.

Anabel Valenzuela – Serving 32 Years – Nonviolent Drug Conspiracy

Name:  Anabel Valenzuela
Age: 38
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 Methamphetamine and Money Laundering in … Read the rest

Kendra Ward – 18 Years for Nonviolent Drug Conspiracy

Name: Kendra Ward, #53803-177

DOB: July 4
Race: White.

Raised: Wichita Falls, TX.

Tried:  Northern District of Texas.

Will live:  Wichita Falls, TX.

Charges: 21 USC 846; 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(c) Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Methamphetamine.

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Holly Frantzen – Serving 16 years 8 months for Nonviolent Drug Conspiracy

Holly Frantzen #54447-177
Race: White
Martial Status:  Divorced
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 controlled substance
Length of Read the rest

Cheryl Singleton – 12.5 Years for Wire Fraud — NOW FREE UNDER CARES ACT!!!!!

Name: Cheryl Singleton, Reg. #69550-019
DOB: July 19
Race: Black
Raised: Brunswick, GA
Tried:  Northern District of Georgia
Will live: Atlanta, GA
Charges: 18 USC 1343 – Wire Fraud.
Sentenced on: January 31, 2017
Priors: None – First Time … Read the rest

Detra Pate – Serving 10 years Nonviolent Offense

Name: Detra Wiley Pate #22511-021
DOB: November 16
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Age: 57
Children: 2
Grandchildren: none
State where you are from: Georgia
State indicted:  Georgia
Trial or pled guilty: Trial
Charges: Medicare/Healthcare Fraud
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Charlotte Nicole O’Neal – 10 Years for Drug Conspiracy

Name: Charlotte Nicole O’Neal, Reg. #36590-180
DOB: May 20
Race: White.
Raised: Houston, Texas.
Tried:  Western District of Texas.
Will live: Waco, Texas.
Charges: Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine – (21 USC § 841(a)(1) & … Read the rest

Joanne Tragas – Serving 16 years for Nonviolent Offense – NOW FREE!


Joanne is now out but needs help. Please consider giving to her Gofundme campaign so she can afford to pay for an apartment during this transition time:

Name: Joanne Tragas #51090-018
DOB: March 24
Race: White
Age: 54
Children: 1… Read the rest

Patricia Aruda – 10.8 years for Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

Name: Patricia Aruda — Currently Free on CARES Act but still needs clemency
DOB: February 12
Race: White
Raised: Wailuku, Mai, Hawaii
Tried:  District of Hawaii
Will live: Maui, Hawaii
Charges: 21 USC 841(a)(1) & 841 (b)(1)(A).
Sentenced on: December … Read the rest

Mackese Walker Speight – 1st offense – 68 Years for Conspiracy!

Name: Mackese Walker Speight, Reg. #26084-001
DOB: June 19
Race: Black.
Raised: Fairfield, AL.
Tried:  Northern District of Alabama.
Will live: Dolomite, AL.
Charges: 21 USC 371 Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking; 18 USC 924(c)(1) Brandishing a Firearm.
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Crystal Nicole Douglas – 9 Years for Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises.

Name: Crystal Nicole Douglas, Reg. #59199-177.
DOB: December 1, 1983.
Race: White.
Raised: Tarrant County, Texas.
Tried:  Northern District of Texas.
Will live: Dallas, Texas.
Charges: 21 USC 856(a)(1) Maintaining a drug involved premises.
Trial or plea: Plea.
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Clarissa Burgoon – 20 Years – NOW FREE

Clarissa at 39

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: Kansas
Charges: Conspiracy to commit Money Laundering… Read the rest

Rachel Hanson – 12 years – NOW FREE!

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

LaShonda Hall – 45 years – NOW FREE!

LaShonda Hall walked out of prison on Tuesday, April 12th, 2022!
She is now home with her family and her battle to overcome a draconian sentence is over!
Huge thank you to MiAngel Cody who is LaShonda Hall’s attorney and … Read the rest

Diana Marquez – 1st Time Offender – 30 years for Marijuana – NOW FREE!

Diane Marquez

Exciting update – Diana Marquez was called in to the halfway house on 12/28 to have her ankle monitor removed! Her compassionate release was granted on 12/21 by Judge Briones, docketed on 12/27 and as of today she no longer … Read the rest

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

We received some great news from 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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