CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah collaborated with The Council* to write an ‘Open Letter’ to President Obama which was published in Business Insider on Dec 12, 2016. CAN-DO coordinated with other advocacy organizations plus reached out to, and secured 42 … Read the rest
44 CAN-DO women have joined a very small and distinguished group of women who have received Executive Clemency. Sadly, only 105 women have received clemency, to date, by President Obama out of 1715 commutations. Obviously, it is still a man’s … Read the rest
Nonprofit Clemency Foundation
Welcome to the CAN-DO Foundation
justice through clemency
CAN-DO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit clemency foundation in Malibu, CA, that advocates Clemency for All Nonviolent Drug Offenders. CAN-DO has access to numerous … Read the rest
CANDO interviewed Ramona Brant less than two months after she was set free. Listen to her share, in detail, the day she learned President Obama granted her clemency.
Everyone at CANDO is devastated to learn of Ramona Brant’s passing that … Read the rest
CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah is taking on Senator Tom Cotton because he’s holding up a bipartisan bill for criminal justice reform entitled The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015. Senator Cotton is from Amy’s home state of Arkansas … 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
Fox 11’s Christine Divine aired a segment devoted entirely to President Obama’s clemency project on August 19th, at 10:30 pm PT. It began with the story of Josephine Ledezma, followed by an interview with CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah and … Read the rest
Name: Michael David Knight # 09943-029
Children: one son, Victor
Raised: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tried: Northern District of Iowa
Will Live… Read the rest
When Amy Ralston Povah was escorted across the compound at FCI Dublin, after President Clinton granted her clemency, she told the women she would never forget them. Fifteen years later, Amy is still fighting to garner attention for the women … Read the rest
In honor of Father’s Day, the CAN-DO Foundation has collected a series of quotes, reflections, stories and insights from numerous men inside prison who will not participate in the normal festivities that most of us will enjoy on Sunday, June … Read the rest
CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah’s radio interview archives, plus 2 part radio interview with Kerry Reynolds for KMUD
Kerry Reynolds hosts a weekly show about Cannabis News and requested an interview with CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah for what she hopes will become an ongoing series about people serving 10 – Life for drug non-violent drug cases.
Following headlines, … 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
Watch out 7 minute video of clemency success stories!
CAN-DO wants to thank everyone for all your hard work, support and tenacity in this herculean effort to save people from more years, if not a lifetime of suffering behind bars. … Read the rest
Five CAN-DO members on our website and three members not on the site received clemency on 12/18/2015. We are elated for them and their families who can now start the healing process to overcome the suffering … 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
For Gleneisha Hayter, (Danielle’s daughter) Carl Jr. (Danielle’s son) Adrian Bernard, (Danielle’s sister) and Barbara (Danielle’s mom) and all her friends, family, advocates and loved ones, the nightmare is OVER! Danielle and her family are overjoyed to finally receive the … 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
Antonio was #1 on Top 25 men deserving of clemency because he has served more time for pot than anyone in the nation. But, today, May 1st he walked out of prison and into the arms of his loving family!… Read the rest
Fox News 13 in Tampa interviewed Cheryl’s daughter, Lavithia Howard and CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah – watch the video:
Message from Cheryl Howard to CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah: “WOW!! I am OVER JOYED right now!! God said he would restore … Read the rest
Deneise Quintanilla is #4 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women – please sign her change.org petition.
Name: Deneise Anne Quintanilla
Marital Status: Married
Children: 2 sons, 1 daughter
Grandchildren: 2 Grandsons, 1 Granddaughter
Charge:… Read the rest
Pauline Blake – #15 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women, received CLEMENCY from President Obama on August 3, 2016.
On Sept. 1st, Milena Nelson Blake of the Stanford Project picked Pauline up, took her shopping and then took her to … Read the rest
Ricardo was called and given the wonderful news that he received clemency. His family can finally exhale and dream of a renewed future together.
Name: Ricardo Ruiz Montes #63130-097
Family: Three children ages 11, 8 and … Read the rest
Schearean Means was #5 on the CAN-DO Top 25 women – she received the clemency on 12/19/16 but her life sentence was reduced to 30 years so her out date is not until 12/2020. Thanks to First Step e was … Read the rest
CAN-DO received a phone call from Rudy Valdez, Cindy’s brother that his sister received clemency this morning(11/22/2016) – before the list was released. We are elated because we have been communicating with Rudy and Cindy for many years now – … Read the rest
Clinton was #6 on the CAN-DO Top 25!
Message from Clinton Matthews: I been trying to reach you I am so relieved..I received the good news today and God is good.. you are the greatest. you have helped me to … Read the rest
CAN-DO volunteered Dicky Joe’s case for the following PSA, as told by Actor Tim Robbins.
Talked to Joe Jackson today – he walked out of prison today, Sept 31st!!! Free At Last!
Got word from Joe’s daughter April that … 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!
Michael Holmes walked out of prison on April 18, 2017 after 18 years. He received clemency on 12/19/16