CAN-DO in the Media

CAN-DO Articles, Interviews and Publications

Podcast of #Cut50’s Jessica Sloan, Brittany Byrd and Amy Povah RE: Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act…

On August 3rd at 8:30 pm ET, Amy Povah, founder of the Clemency for All Nonviolent Drug Offenders (CAN-DO) Foundation, Jessica Jackson, #cut50 National Director & Co-Founder, and Brittany K. Barnett, #cut50 Fellow, discussed the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.… Read the rest

Truthout focuses on Clemencies and the Guardian Angel Program

Victoria Law, a reporter for has written another exceptional article about clemency and interviewed several of the CAN-DO/Crack Open the Door Guardian Angels who are assisting clemency applicants.


“I don’t understand the logic of the denials,” said Amy Povah, … Read the rest

Anrica Caldwell’s Op Ed in The Influence

Anrica Caldwell knows all too well what it’s like to stress over the clemency lottery each time the list is released by the White House.  She shares her emotions in an Op Ed, relatable to thousands who also have a … Read the rest

Amy Povah in Reason Magazine on Drug Conspiracy Cases

Amy Povah started CAN-DO to not only promote and spotlight people seeking clemency, she included her white housedesire to educate the public about the conspiracy law in the CAN-DO mission statement.  It hasn’t been easy because reporters typically have never heard … Read the rest

Revolt TV mini doc on Miquelle West’s quest to free Michelle West

Watch this short documentary by Revolt TV about Miquelle West’s quest to free her mother Michelle West, #2 on the CAN-DO Top 25.















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CAN-DO in High Times – Where are the women?

On President Obama’s last day in office, he granted another 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715—more than the last 12 presidents combined.

But clemency advocates argue that Obama’s clemency policy consistently overlooked … Read the rest

CAN-DO Op Ed in San Francisco Chronicle – Thanksgiving pardons

By Amy Ralston Povah
Published: Wednesday, November 26, 2014











Instead of sleepwalking through the obligatory turkey “pardon” on the White House Lawn this year, I wish President Obama would grant … Read the rest

Clemency Recipients Angie Jenkins, Ramona Brant and Amy Povah in People Magazine

Angie Jenkins, Ramona Brant and Amy Povah are featured in People’s Online Magazine as the REAL WOMEN of Orange is the New Black.

Netflix is releasing the new season of Orange is the New Black and People Magazine provides a … Read the rest

USA Today interviews Jason Hernandez at CAN-DO VIGIL for POWs at the White House

CAN-DO Founder and President, Amy Ralston Povah has had a busy November – first attending the Koch Institute’s Advancing Justice Summit in New Orleans from Nov. 3rd – 8th and more recently attending the Drug Policy Alliance’s conference in Washington … Read the rest

“Weed not a factor” in war on drugs

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made headlines for his comments on Sunday’s Meet the Press, when he pronounced that marijuana is “not a factor” in the War on Drugs and that solving the nation’s drug problem does not … Read the rest

Amy Ralston Pofahl received clemency on July 7, 2000 in SF Chronicle

When Amy Ralston Povah – then Pofahl, received clemency on July 7, 2000, she had no idea when she woke up that day that a 9 year, 3 month long nightmare was about to end. Neither did the prison staff … Read the rest

Lori Kavitz in Washington Post and USA Today

Lori Kavitz, #10 on the CAN-DO Top 25 was featured in the Washington Post on November 29, 2016
CAN-DO pitched the story to Tana Ganeva who was interested in writing about select clemency applicants who had filed for a sentence … Read the rest

CAN-DO Influenced Three Articles on Conspiracy Laws: Reason, Huffpost and The Kind

Three informative articles were published this week that focused on conspiracy laws which has been part of the CAN-DO mission statement.  All three articles went live over the course of seven days, as follows:

FIRST ARTICLE in Reason: by Lauren … Read the rest

Alice Marie Johnson and CAN-DO in Vocativ

Alice Marie Johnson is #1 on the Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency

Alice Marie Johnson has been in prison for 20 years, serving a life sentence without parole for a non-violent drug crime. The 60-year-old mother was sentenced in … Read the rest

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