CAN-DO has teamed up with some of the leading pardon experts and activists in the nation, including Mark Osler, Sam Morison, Andrea James and Eric Sterling, just to name a few.
Sam Morison provides invaluable insight and expertise with regard to the entire pardon process, having worked at the Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) for 13 years, from 1997 – 2010. Read more about Sam.
Professor Mark Osler‘s work advocates for sentencing and clemency policies rooted in principles of human dignity. In 2016, the graduating class chose him as Professor of the Year, in 2015 he won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Read more about Mark
Since 1989, Eric E. Sterling has been the President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, a private non-profit educational organization that helps educate the nation about criminal justice issues and failed global drug policy. Read more about Eric.
Jason Hernandez is the first male Latino to receive clemency from President Obama. He founded Crack Open the Door as a means to seek relief for other prisoners serving Life sentences and to give a voice to those he left behind. Read more about Jason
Diane Goldstein is a 21-year veteran of law enforcement from Redondo Beach, California. Her numerous assignments included multi-agency task force work in gang and narcotics investigations and high-risk critical incident management. She now speaks and writes on the failure of our drug war and advocates for criminal justice reform. Read more about Diane.
Andrea James has worked within the criminal justice system for more than 25 years from her days as a youth worker to a criminal defense attorney. She dedicated her time and resources to providing zealous representation to families within her community of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Read more about Andrea
Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years, the first 28 in San Diego, the last six (1994-2000) as Seattle’s chief of police. He has a Ph.D. in leadership and human behavior and is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing, and is under contract with Nation Books to complete another nonfiction book.
Beth Curtis has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Ohio State University, but her career took a turn in 1994 after she became educated about the War on Drugs when her younger brother, John Knock, received a life sentence for marijuana. Beth started the first data base, chronicling other prisoners serving life sentences and established lifeforpot.com … Read more about Beth
Dennis Cauchon started The Clemency Report in 2014 to focus his journalism expertise upon the issue he is most passionate about, justice for drug war prisoners. Prior to, Cauchon was a national reporter and editor at USA TODAY for 26 years until taking a buyout in 2013. Read more about Dennis
Nora Callahan founded the November Coalition, and authored the first free, and comprehensive guide to Grassroots Organizing, called Bottom’s Up in 1999. For fourteen years, Nov. C. published The Razor Wire, a comprehensive newspaper chronicling the injustices of the drug war and national activities and activists intent on ending it. Read more about Nora