CAN-DO’s official statement regarding BOP Book memo - The CAN-DO Foundation has been notified (May 3) that the BOP has finally issued a statement regarding the BOP Book policy which will be suspended.  We are not convinced it has been “cancelled” so we wait to see what the new memo says. Ann Marimow at the Washington Post wrote the latest update on the […]
CAN-DO Foundation communicates directly with every prisoner on our site - Since 2000, Amy Ralston Povah, president and Founder of CAN-DO Foundation has advocated on behalf of others seeking justice through clemency.  The CAN-DO Foundation website does not collect or compile the information on this site by surfing the internet.  We communicate directly with almost every prisoner and/or their family members on the CAN-DO website.  In […]
Welcome to CAN-DO: Justice Through Clemency - CAN-DO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates [C]lemency for [A]ll [N]on-violent [D]rug [O]ffenders. These are the faces of the drug war. Behind every face is a human with a story. Overly punitive drug laws create negative consequences that trigger a chain reaction upon innocent family members, friends and our society. Most of these people have been locked up for decades. Until our drug laws change, the only relief these people have for mercy is clemency.
Clemency favored men over women, even if they were repeat offenders - CAN-DO Foundation has done exhaustive research regarding who did and did not receive clemency from President Obama during his historic clemency initiative.  Our findings are rather shocking. It’s no surprise that more men received clemency than women because they outnumber women in federal custody, but what is most disturbing is who got clemency and who […]
Do’s and Don’ts When Writing to the Pardon Attorney or President - Dos and Don’ts when writing the Pardon Attorney If this is the first time a prisoner is filing, they should have exhausted all of their appeals before seeking executive clemency, except you can file a compassionate release while a clemency petition is pending or vice/versa.  Also, these are TIPS to help people navigate the process, but […]
Women of FCI Dublin Commemorate CP14 in a Quilt for Obama - The CAN-DO Foundation reached out to the women of FCI Dublin to engage in a project that would commemorate President Obama’s legacy of compassion in a quilt made by the prisoners, relative to Clemency Project 2014.  Special material reflective of Obama’s African heritage and home state of Hawaii were chosen, a “court-house steps” pattern, symbolic […]
How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency - Executive Clemency Petition in Malibu, CA Tips Prisoners Can Use to Enhance Chances at an Executive Clemency Petition in Malibu, CA. If you are going to file a clemency petition please do not re-hash the particulars of your case. This is not the time to re-litigate, rather a time to accept responsibility, express remorse, and […]
Political Children Arrested for Drugs Who Got Special Treatment - Everyone who has (or had) a child in prison for drugs should be outraged by the double standard that applies in this country when the very politicians who voted for harsh sentencing laws use their clout to secure a special deal for their own children when they get caught with drugs. For this reason alone […]
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