Felicia received clemency on President Obama’s last full day in office – Jan 19, 2017.
Vice news reached out to the CANDO Foundation seeking an interview with a clemency recipient that Obama commuted on his last day in office. We paired them with Felicia Smith!
Vice news covered Felicia’s story:
Name: Felicia Smith
Children: 1 daughter
Tried: Shreveport, Louisiana
Currently living: Shreveport, Louisiana
Charge: Possession with Intent to distribute; Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
Sentence: 24 years, 4 months
Served: 12 years
Clemency status: Granted on January 19, 2017 by President Obama
The CANDO Foundation connected Vice news with several candidates who received clemency on President Obama’s last day. Vice focused on Felicia and while we are grateful she had this opportunity to share her story, we are concerned about her current situation after she was asked to move out of her apartment. CANDO launched a fundraiser on GOFUNDME to help Felicia raise funds to secure a new apartment. CANDO donated $750 in emergency funds to Felicia and hope to meet our goal of $10,000 so Felicia will have the support she needs to succeed.*
*All funds raised will go to Felicia Smith, minus the recovery of our $750 emergency donation – CANDO will not profit from this fundraiser for Felicia, other than to reimburse CANDO for funds donated. We are not a re-entry organization but we have big hearts – not one person working for CANDO makes a salary. Our entire staff works on a 100% volunteer basis.
For more information about Felicia or other clemency recipients please contact the CAN-DO Foundation at 310-699-3357.
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