CANDOclemency

Sign Our Petition Urging President Obama to Free the Top 25

Sign Our Petition Urging President Obama to Free the Top 25

 

The Top 25 Women Deserving Presidential Clemency is a list of extraordinarily worthy women whose time in federal prison should end.

Ramona Brant, Sharanda Jones, Josephine Ledezma, and so many more are now free! Lets bring … Read the rest

Video of Lauren Cesal seeking clemency for her Dad, Craig Cesal

Video of Lauren Cesal seeking clemency for her Dad, Craig Cesal

 

Watch the video CAN-DO and Earthstream created of Craig’s daughter Lauren asking for her father to be set free.

Craig was on the Clemency and Justice Reform Radiothon and due to the prison phone time limitation, was not able … Read the rest

Malik King – CAN-DO Prisoner Outreach Coordinator Meets Clemency Recipients

Malik King – CAN-DO Prisoner Outreach Coordinator Meets Clemency Recipients

Prison Outreach Coordinator Malik King met with clemency recipient Efram Douglas on June 22nd and provided the following detailed summery of their encounter.

Efrem Rahoman Douglas – Knoxville, TN
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of … Read the rest

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2015

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah goes to Capitol Hill 

Liz Warren

On April 28th, Amy Povah of CAN-DO joined ranks with members of other organizations, including The Leadership Conference, ACLU and #cut50; an initiative of Van Jones’ Dream Corps.  Together they walked the … Read the rest

Angela LaPlatney – 20 years – Received clemency on 3/30/2016

Angela LaPlatney – 20 years – Received clemency on 3/30/2016

Angela LaPlatney received clemency on 3/30/2016.

Name: Angela La Platney #08713-091
DOB: 3/3/73
Age: 43
Children: 2 boys Bradley,21 & Tyler,20
Charge: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine
Sentence: 240 months
3/3/22 GCT or 9/24/24 Max
Started Sentence:Read the rest

White House Vigil for Clemency Applicants

On November 19, 2015, the CAN-DO Foundation performed it’s second annual White House Vigil for the many prisoners profiled on our website.  The Associated Press interviewed Jason Hernandez, the first Latino to receive clemency from President Obama and the video Read the rest

Video Project

THIS PROJECT HAS ALREADY REACHED ITS DEADLINE AND IS NO LONGER SEEKING VIDEOS

CAN-DO has been tasked with making a video of formerly incarcerated people and family members of currently incarcerated people that we hope to share at several events, … Read the rest

Ramona Brant in Humans of New York – over half a million likes!!!

Ramona Brant in Humans of New York – over half a million likes!!!

Ramona Brant is setting social media on fire – this time on Brandon’s Humans of New York blog and Facebook page.   Her image and story has already garnered over half-a-million likes and been shared over 20,000 times.  It is a … Read the rest

Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

Michael Pelletier

At the CAN-DO Foundation, we like to help the public get to know the prisoners we advocate for on a personal level, so this month we’d like to introduce you to a remarkable man, Michael Pelletier.  A wheelchair … Read the rest

How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

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 … Read the rest

Michael Montalvo – LIFE without parole

Michael Montalvo – LIFE without parole

Michael MontalvoName: Michael Montalvo #87224-012
DOB: February 9, 1946
Marital Status: Single
Age: 74
Children: Two daughters, Alexis, Rebecca – both have children making Michael a Grandfather
Grandchildren: Three Grandchildren
Raised:  Los Angeles, CA until 10, then Wash DC
Tried:Read the rest

Luke Scarmazzo – 21.8 years for Medical Marijuana

Luke Scarmazzo – 21.8 years for Medical Marijuana

Luke’s co-defendant, Ricardo Montes received clemency. They were charged together and are co-defendants.   Please sign this petition supporting Luke’s clemency on change.org 

Luke Scarmazzo # 63131-097
DOB: 1980
Age: 39
Race: White
Raised: California
Tried: Went to trial in the … Read the rest

Corvain Cooper – Life for Pot

Corvain Cooper – Life for Pot

Please sign Corvain Cooper’s change.org petition

Corvain Cooper, #643011-112
DOB:
11/2/1979
Age: 40
Children: 2 daughters
Residence: California 
Charges: Distributing Marijuana; Money Laundering;
Trial/Plea: Trial
Tried: Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte
Sentence: Life Without Parole
Incarcerated Since: 2014
Served:Read the rest

Lawrence Wallace – 21 years

Lawrence Wallace – 21 years


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Larry’s sentence was increased by 17 years due to a 13-year-old minor drug prior. Please Sign his Change.org Petition!

Name: Lawrence Wallace #: 09507-059
DOB: 10/20/67
Age: 52
Race: Caucasian
Raised: California
Tried: North Dakota
Will live: North Dakota
Charge:Read the rest

Alfonso Angel – 25 years

Alfonso Angel – 25 years

Please sign Alfonso’s change.org petition – his daughter, Pilar wants her father home badly. “My father has been incarcerated my whole life, and it has been challenging. Growing up, I have always yearned to see my dad walk through the … Read the rest

Chris Williams – 5 years State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana

Chris Williams – 5 years State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana

Christopher Wayne Williams #11839-046
Offense:  Distribution of cannabis; Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime
Sentence: 60 months
Incarcerated Since: 2008
Priors: level 1 misdemeanors
Date of Birth: 6/8/1974
Family: 1 son
Forfeitures: Cash and possessions
Did Read the rest

President Obama Grants Clemency to Darrell Hayden serving Life For Pot!

President Obama Grants Clemency to Darrell Hayden serving Life For Pot!

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

Posters

What do I need and how much will it cost to make “Life for Pot” posters?

1. Choose which size poster you want to make.  We have graphics available for two sizes: a full size foam board poster (20X30), or … Read the rest

Michelle West – 1st Offender – Two Life sentences plus 50 years

Michelle West – 1st Offender – Two Life sentences plus 50 years

Please sign Michelle’s Change.org petition
Name: Michelle West 17809-039
Children: One daughter – Miquelle West
Race: Human
Grew up: Detroit, Michigan
Tried: Detroit,
Michigan
Will Live: Los Angeles, CA
Charges: Count (2) Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, (3) Aiding & … Read the rest

Roberta Bell – 1st Offender – LIFE

Roberta Bell – 1st Offender – LIFE

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Please sign Roberta Bell’s change.org petition

Name: Roberta Ronique Bell #08116-067
DOB: Sept. 4, 1971
Race: Black
Age: 48
Children: Three children – 2 girls and boy. Ashley, Gerrid, and Jazzmin
Two granddaughters – Riley and Riyan
State from:Read the rest

Lavonne Roach – 30 Years

Lavonne Roach – 30 Years

Please sign and share Lavonne’s change.org petition seeking support for her clemency.

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Lavonne Roach 10431-073
Age: 55
Race: Native American – Lakota Sioux
Children: 3 children and 7 grandchildren
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth
Sentence: 30 Years
Sentenced: 1997
Served:Read the rest

Lazara Ordaz – 35 years

Lazara Ordaz – 35 years

Please sign Lazara’s change.org petition 
Name:
Lazara Ordaz #52247-066
DOB: 12/17/58
Race: AFRO-CUBAN
Marital Status: Single
Age: 61
Children: One daughter
Resident state: Florida
State charged: Philadelphia
Will live: Philadelphia
Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute More than 3 Kilos of controlled … Read the rest

Andrea Joy James – 27 years 6 months – Released due to First Step Act but may be deported.

Andrea Joy James – 27 years 6 months – Released due to First Step Act but may be deported.

Congrats to Andrea James who was released to ICE in Boston. She needs an immigration attorney.
Name:
Andrea Joy James #17868-056
DOB: 04/03/1966
Age: 53
Children: 1 Daughter – 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons
Race: Black
Raised: Jamaica
Tried: North … Read the rest

Mary Rose Ziman – 27 Years – NOW FREE!

Mary Rose Ziman – 27 Years – NOW FREE!

Congratulations to Mary Ziman – she is finally free.  Her son Corey picked her up from FCI Greenville and here are the photos of her happy freedom day!

She had been hospitalized several times, blind in one eye – losing … Read the rest

Rose Summers – 1st Offender – 24 Years is now free!

Rose Summers – 1st Offender – 24 Years is now free!

Rose Ella Summers – 20697-001
DOB: 9-11-70
Age: 47
Children: 1 son – Victor
Race: White
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

Lori Kavitz – 1st Offender – 24 Years IS NOW FREE!!!!

Lori Kavitz – 1st Offender – 24 Years IS NOW FREE!!!!

Lori Kavitz called CANDO from the airport in Orlando on May 16, 2018 – her freedom day! 

Sent. Judge Mark Bennett supports Lori’s clemency

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DOB:
10/15/58
Age: 57
Race: White
Children: 2 sons, 3 grandchildren
Charge: Conspiracy … Read the rest

Linda Byrnes – 27 years for pot – NOW FREE!

Linda Byrnes – 27 years for pot – NOW FREE!

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!

linda 1Name: Linda Lee Byrnes – 68415-079
DOB: 7/6/46
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
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