CAN-DO in the Media

CAN-DO Articles, Interviews and Publications

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

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

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the 4/20 cannabis holiday, federal … Read the rest

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

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.

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

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

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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Politico focuses on CARES Act and Rufus Rochelle – quotes CAN-DO





For weeks, the Biden administration has kept thousands of people in a state of panic by letting a single news report linger without formal denial or confirmation.

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Honoring Men in Prison on Father’s Day – Huffpost

This article was written in 2017. Most the men featured in the Huffpost tribute to men in prison for Father’s Day are NOW HOME, including but not limited to Michael Pelletier, Andy Cox, Tim Tyler, David Barren, Jimmy Romans, Robert … Read the rest

High Times featured Pot Lifer Pedro Moreno

Most Affected: Pedro Moreno is the Last Brother Still Incarcerated for a Family Pot Operation

Pedro Moreno deserves to gain clemency from prison after serving decades behind bars for a cannabis-related crime, while his four brothers were released in 2016.
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New York Post spotlights 420 – asks CAN-DO for quotes from cannabis clemency candidates, Ismael Lira and Pedro Moreno

Ismael Lira and Pedro Moreno provided quotes to Steven Nelson regarding their hope for clemency under a Biden administration.

On 4/20, pot prisoners ask Biden to honor campaign pledge and free them

By Steven Nelson

Clemency recipient Chalana McFarland and her daughter Nia on PBS

Watch this extremely poignant segment on PBS entitled Mothers leaving prison encounter uphill battle as they try reconnecting with family that focuses on the reunification of Chalana McFarland and her daughter Nia, who were severed due to harsh mandatory sentences … Read the rest

PBS special about Charles “Duke” Tanner’s clemency miracle!

The ability to pardon criminals is a unique power of a president, one that can be politically motivated and often draws criticism. But as Reveal’s Michael Schiller explains, pardons can also change lives.

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CAN-DO thanks President Trump – Press Release – congrats to several of our clemency candidates!

Multiple CAN-DO Foundation-Supported Prisoners Granted Clemency by President Trump and a FULL PARDON for CAN-DO’s President and Founder – Amy Ralston Povah

Washington, D.C., January 20, 2021.  

The CAN-DO Foundation thanks President Trump for providing a second chance to numerous … Read the rest

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