CAN-DO Foundation is elated that Kim Kardashian met with President Trump on May 30th, Alice Johnson’s birthday, to discuss her case. It’s our hope that others in a position of power will consider propping up additional cases of individuals worthy … Read the rest
Welcome to CAN-DO: justice through clemency
CAN–DO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. CAN-DO has access to numerous cases, many of which are presented on … Read the rest
January 26, 2015
Amy Povah, founder of CAN-DO; P.S. Ruckman, a pardon expert, and Sam Morison, former Pardon Staff Attorney for 13 years, who are both members of the CAN-DO advisory board, contributed to this NYTs online debate about “the … Read the rest
WATCH RAMONA WALK FREE AFTER 21 YEARS! CAN-DO teamed up Ramona with Casey Tolan of Fusion who wrote about her story and shot this video.
Ramona Brant who was #3 on CAN-DOs Top 25 Women received clemency from President Obama. … Read the rest
The CAN-DO Foundation and Change.org have organized a massive clemency “movement” page, where many of our clemency applicants have an active petition on Change.org/clemency. This has been an invaluable tool for anyone seeking support for a pending clemency petition. … Read the rest
On January 20, 2015, CAN-DO sent a package to Bill Maher begging him to address the lack of Presidential clemencies for drug offenders, especially people serving time for pot on his show. This was the second time CAN-DO founder Amy … Read the rest
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
Josie’s long journey of suffering finally come to an end. She was told by her case manager that her sentence had been commuted by President Obama.
Josephine was #3 on CAN-DO’s Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency. CAN-DO Founder Amy … Read the rest
Angels are singing because Donna McDaniel has received JUSTICE THROUGH CLEMENCY! Congrats to all her family, mother Sue Barrow, brother, Joe Jackson who already received clemency on the same case!
According to clemency recipient Trevis Love, “Amy and you [Malik King] sent a very important email out back in early April that really motivated me and got a new fire lit in me and lots of the guys here at … Read the rest
Congratulations to Mandy Martinson who received clemency from a 15 year sentence!
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth
Priors: First Offense
Sentence: 15 years
Served: 12 years
Release Date: 10/21/2017 – due for release to … Read the rest
On March 30, and 31st, CAN-DO President and Founder Amy Povah spent two days at the White House attending events focused on Women and the Criminal Justice System and Life After Clemency. But that’s not all.
Nkechi Taifa, a … Read the rest
CAN-DO President Amy Povah was interviewed by Buzz Feed and is quoted in the following article, as are two members of the CAN-DO Advisory Board, Dennis Cauchon, founder of The Clemency Report and Beth Curtis, founder of Life For Pot:… Read the rest
Former Marine, Billy Dekle was serving Life for Pot
Billy Dekle has called several times since his release, the last time was on February 29th
to talk about his half-way house woes. We remember the days when clemency recipients did … Read the rest
We are happy to announce that Charles Cundiff serving life for pot won the clemency lottery. On Jan. 12th, he arrived at a half-way house and could use financial assistance and clothes to start a new life. Thank you Pres.… Read the rest
Eddy was #15 on the Top 25 is now free and engaged to marry his true love, Heidi Grossman. Congratulations to the happy and lucky couple!
Name: Charles “Eddy” Lepp #90157-011
Charge: Conspiracy to Manufacture Marijuana
Sentence: 10 … Read the rest
Maurice “Moe” Foley, #20211-068
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 700 – 1000 kilos of marijuana, plus 5 years for owning a gun which was locked in a safe
Sentence: 27 1/2 years
Incarcerated Since: 2003
Priors: juvenile offense for … Read the rest
The ruling might as well have said “Justice Denied.”
This Father’s Day, please pause to reflect upon the fathers in prison, or those who might be a father, if they were not in prison. It’s time to bring our POWs home. Life for pot is a disgrace upon the… Read the rest
According to Huffington Post, Francis Darrell Hayden and 21 other federal inmates, will have their sentences commuted on July 28, 2015, after President Obama signed their clemency petitions today.
Darrell, who was serving a sentence of life for pot, … Read the rest
Letters to the Editor are an important tool in building public awareness for your cause. They also tell the publication that public wants to see more coverage on a particular topic. So why not take a few minutes, write a … Read the rest
CAN-DO Founder Amy Ralston Povah attended (D-CA) Congressman Ted Lieu’s Swearing in Ceremony on Sunday, March 1 at UCLA’s prestigious Royce Hall.
Directly after “God Bless America,” and before Lieu took the stage, the fire alarm went off and to … Read the rest
Drug Laws Not for the Rich!
John Vibes for The Free Thought Project has written an amazing expose on the truth about the War on Drugs, per DEA agent Matthew Fogg who is now speaking out about details that CAN-DO … Read the rest
Larry Duke was released from serving Life for Pot on March 5th, 2014 for Compassionate Release.
LARRY RONALD DUKE, 40734-019
Offense: Two counts, both 846’s Count(1). Conspiracy (2). Attempt
Sentence: Life Without Parole … Read the rest
Rose Ella Summers – 20697-001
Children: 1 son – Victor
Raised: Grand Prarie, Texas
Tried: Dallas, Texas
Will live: Dallas, Texas
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth and Money Laundering
Sentenced: May 7, 1997
Sentence:… Read the rest
Linda walked out of federal prison on April 13, 2017 and is now in Kalamazoo Michigan! Congratulations to Linda and her family – what a milestone!
Name: Linda Lee Byrnes – 68415-079
Marital Status: Single
State … Read the rest
Children: 1 daughter, Alannah and 1 grandson
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth
Sentence: 30 years
Time Served: 20 years
Priors: 2 minor charges
Release Date: 03/17/2019
Prison Conduct: Role model inmate
Clemency: Petition … Read the rest
CONGRATULATIONS to Teresa Mechell Griffin – was #6 on CAN-DO’s Top 25
Age: 50 (in a few days)
Children: 4 children, 2 grandchildren
Race: African American
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base
Served: 26 yrs
Sentence:… Read the rest
CAN-DO NEWS – 2 Point Reduction Really Helps Some Inmates!
Congratulations to Therese Crepeau, who walked out of prison today after serving 21 years on a 26 year sentence thanks to the new 2 Point Reduction program.. We can’t wait … Read the rest
Formerly #11 on CAN-DO’s Top 25 List of Women Who Deserve Clemency
CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY – who walked out of prison on June 23rd after serving all of a very harsh 30-year sentence. Mary was given a bus ticket and … Read the rest