Morning of June 6, 2018, CAN-DO President, Amy Povah said her phone was blowing up with text messages to “turn on CNN.” The night before Amy had communicated with Alice that her release was imminent; even likely it would happen in six days on June 12th, but this was Wednesday and CNN was reporting that President Trump might release Alice that day – he was just trying to decide whether to give her a pardon or a commutation.
Three hours behind the East coast, CAN-DO’s inbox was full of emails from media sources wanting permission to use photos of Alice from the CAN-DO website and to give a quote for publications and three radio interviews. Fox 11 sent out a crew to interview Amy at her home as seen in the segment, below. Even then, Amy was clueless as to when Alice would be released. Clemency recipients under the Obama administration had to wait months. Some are waiting as much as 10 years to be released. After the interview, Amy called Alice’s daughter Tretessa Johnson who said her sister, Catina Scales was in the car headed for the federal women’s prison in Aliceville to pick up Alice. Fox 11 started filming again to capture the phone call. Amy then called Catina and they cheered for joy over the phone about the immediate release. Amy herself received immediate release when President Clinton granted her clemency on July 7, 2000 and according to Amy, “It’s the best thing ever – to learn you are going home and then pop out the door and find yourself on the freeway – headed for home sweet home!”