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CAN-DO members Rufus Rochell and Chad Marks in Wall Street Journal re: Covid-19

Prison and jail officials trying to stem the spread of the new coronavirus behind bars are releasing thousands of prisoners to await trial or serve their sentences at home, spurring a debate over public health versus public safety—and producing some … Read the rest

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Most vulnerable prison population is in great peril…

Roughly 50,000 inmates at federal prisons meet criteria for release to home confinement based on guidelines in the CARES Act, and the Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons has largely failed to act, according to those who work with the … Read the rest

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CAN-DO’s Daniel Brown in Wall Street Journal seeking compassionate release

Daniel Brown has sought his release at least five times during his 14 years behind bars. Now the coronavirus pandemic might offer him his greatest chance at freedom.

A federal judge in Iowa, where Mr. Brown was originally convicted on … Read the rest

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FOR WOMEN AT A FEDERAL PRISON HOSPITAL IN TEXAS, FEAR THAT CORONAVIRUS WILL SPREAD ‘LIKE WILDFIRE’

Two prisoners at FMC Carswell have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Bureau of Prisons, including a pregnant woman in critical care on a ventilator, her baby delivered early by C-section. Although federal directives call for … Read the rest

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Three CAN-DO members receive clemency from President Trump

President Trump granted a series of pardons and sentence commutations this week, a list that featured high-profile cases involving political corruption and corporate greed as well as more routine drug and fraud charges. In the 11 cases, Mr. Trump leaned … Read the rest

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Crystal Munoz, Tynice Hall and Judith Negron among clemency recipients by President Trump

Advocates for justice overhaul said Mr. Trump should be praised for his interventions. “Some people are trying to bash Trump for letting people circumvent the process and go directly to the White House,” said Amy Ralston Povah, the founder of … Read the rest

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Washington Examiner quotes CAN-DO prisoners seeking clemency

Each year Steven Nelson of the Washington Examiner writes about the Presidential Turkey pardon as a means to raise awareness for people seeking clemency from draconian sentences that sprang from the “tough on crime” era of the late 80s and … Read the rest

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First Step Act recipient Catherine Toney goes to the White House

Catherine Toney has been profiled on the CAN-DO website for many years. We thought she would get clemency from the Obama administration because she not only met all the criteria of the Clemency Project 2014, she was assigned a CP14 … Read the rest

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360 Law focuses on John Bolen’s clemency petition and the backlog of other pending petitions

Because he let two Bahamian men use his boat to smuggle 188 kilograms of cocaine into Florida 13 years ago, John Bolen is going to die in federal prison.

In his bid for presidential clemency, the former commercial fisherman cites … Read the rest

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Aaron Sandusky’s medical marijuana nightmare – told by Reason

Aaron Sandusky’s case represents everything that is wrong with cannabis prohibition. Reveal’s video by Zach Weissmueller is a must watch for anyone working within the legal cannabis space. If this can happen to Aaron, it can happen to anyone.


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REVEAL’s “Pardon Me” featuring Charles “Duke” Tanner and CAN-DO

CAN-DO’s Amy Ralston Povah was interviewed for the “Pardon Me” episode on Reveal and connected the producer with one of our favorite clemency applicants – Charles Tanner. Listen to “Pardon Me” here.

We start by meeting Charles “Duke” Tanner, a … Read the rest

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Rufus Rochell in Daily Beast by Sam Stein

As he watched CNN from inside the federal correctional complex in Coleman, Florida, Rufus Rochell couldn’t suppress his joy at the news of Conrad Black. His old friend, the media tycoon with whom he shared a dorm years ago, had … Read the rest

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Crystal Munoz in local Odessa press – MRT

An Odessa woman serving 15 years for conspiracy charges related to marijuana has petitioned U.S. President Donald Trump for a sentence reduction.

A petition was filed on Crystal Munoz’s behalf by Texas A&M University’s Criminal Defense Clinic in November and … Read the rest

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Jared Kushner helps First Step Act recipient get a job at Walmart

Catherine Toney began February in prison and ended the month with a job at Walmart after White House adviser Jared Kushner called company CEO Doug McMillon on her behalf.

Toney, 55, is believed to be the first woman freed by … Read the rest

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Michael Thompson goes viral thanks to Tana Ganeva’s Intercept article

After Tana Ganeva’s article dropped about Michael “Meeko” Thompson, it has gone viral on twitter, thanks to Shaun King, Ava DuVernay, and many more…an attorney has been assigned to help Meeko file for clemency in the state of Michigan.

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America’s Voice News covers the First Step Act

America’s Voice News interviewed Amy Ralston Povah, Angela Stanton King and Topeka Sam about the First Step Act and the long road ahead for criminal justice reform. Watch the interview on American Voice News

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First Step Act snafu – but not for long! CAN-DO in Washington Examiner

“The recalculation of ‘good time’ credit is simply a data entry,” agreed Amy Povah, founder of the Clemency for All Non-Violent Drug Offenders, or CAN-DO, Foundation. “That should take 15 seconds.” 

The White House and Federal Bureau of Prisons did … Read the rest

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Charles “Duke” Tanner in Chicago Tribune

Charles “Duke” Tanner is an extraordinary case of an undefeated boxer from Gary, Indiana.  He’s a first offender serving a 30-year sentence, reduced from LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.  He is on the CAN-DO Top 25 Men deserving of clemency and is … Read the rest

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Clemency: The criminal justice reform Trump can achieve without Congress

President Trump unveiled one of his top legislative priorities before Democrats take over the House of Representatives: passage of the First Step Act, which would reduce some prison sentences. Though he still must win a tug-of-war within the Republican … Read the rest

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Three CAN-DO members featured in Washington Examiner seeking clemency

CAN-DO was asked to obtain quotes from several of our clemency candidates.  Fortunately, we were able to get quotes from Michael Pelletier, Chad Marks and David Barren for the following article by Steven Nelson for Washington Examiner.

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CAN-DO’s Amy Ralston Povah quoted on prison reform and clemency in Washington Examiner

CAN-DO members Michael Montalvo and Lavonne Roach quoted in the Washington Examiner… 

“Last month, clemency advocates including Amy Povah of CAN-DO Clemency and Alveda King, the anti-abortion evangelical leader, hosted a panel at a Women for Trump event at Trump … Read the rest

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Corvain Cooper in OC Register – Will Trump save his life!

Barbara Tillis isn’t sure when she’ll get to see her son, Corvain Cooper, again.  (read the entire article here)

Every few months for the past four years, Tillis, has driven five hours with her husband, daughter and Cooper’s … Read the rest

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CAN-DO President Amy Ralston Povah in Episode 1 Podcast: Love vs DEA

Emanuel Sferios (Founder of Dance Safe) and co-host Tatiana Makovkin have kicked off a “risk reduction and benefit enhancement podcast reducing shame and stigma to save lives and end the drug war.”

For their first podcast, they interviewed Amy Ralston … Read the rest

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Amy Povah in Salon: “Is there hope…”

Back in the late ’80s, a few years into her marriage to her now ex-husband, Povah discovered that he had been involved in an international ecstasy business. He asked her to handle some “financial matters” for him while he was … Read the rest

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Yahoo News focuses on 3 CAN-DO clemency candidates

When Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother serving life in prison for drug trafficking, was granted clemency by President Trump on June 6, a phone call went out from the White House counsel’s office — the administration wanted more people … Read the rest

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Ex-NFL player asks Trump to release Marcus Paige – we think he’s innocent!

Amy Povah, who leads the CAN-DO Foundation, says she confirmed with the policy advocate who is serving as a conduit that Paige’s letter was sent to the White House on Wednesday. The advocate did not respond to requests for … Read the rest

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Medium interviews Amy Povah on prison reform and Alice Johnson’s clemency

Amy Ralston Povah served nine years in prison before President Clinton commuted her sentence.  She is now one of the most knowledgeable and effective advocates for executive clemency, and for sensible reform of our criminal justice system. Her group, CAN-DO Read the rest

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CAN-DO’s list of names goes to the White House, per Washington Examiner

CAN-DO sited by Washington Examiner as one of three sources providing names of additional clemency candidates to the White House.  Read the rest of the story

A list of 17 women and six men prepared by CAN-DO was topped by … Read the rest

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Entertainment Tonight interviews CAN-DO’s Amy Ralston Povah about Felicity Huffman’s time in prison

Felicity Huffman’s time spent at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, will definitely not feel like a vacation, former inmate Amy Povah tells ET.

On Wednesday, ET spoke to Povah — who previously served nine years at the same jail … Read the rest

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FCI Dublin cell is NO college dorm room, says Amy Povah of CAN-DO Foundation

“To set the record straight, I have no recollection of ever comparing a prison cell to “college dorm living” although that’s a catchy title for In Touch.” says Amy Ralston Povah to her CAN-DO members and followers on social media. … Read the rest

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