clemency

Only 105 Women Have Received Clemency by President Obama

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

Welcome to CAN-DO: Justice Through Clemency

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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

Ramona Brant’s long road to freedom has abruptly taken a turn – may she RIP

Ramona Brant’s long road to freedom has abruptly taken a turn – may she RIP

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 in The Hill Pushing CJ Reform

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in The Hill Pushing CJ Reform

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

CAN-DO Foundation has a Movement Page on Change.org!!!

CAN-DO Foundation has a Movement Page on Change.org!!!

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

Michael David Knight – 17 years 6 months for pot

Michael David Knight – 17 years 6 months for pot

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Michael Knight is serving 17 years for Pot – Please sign his petition on Change.org

Name: Michael David Knight # 09943-029
DOB: 7-4-1981
Age: 38
Children: one son, Victor
Raised: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tried: Northern District of Iowa
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Op Ed in Fusion Urging President to Pardon More Women by Amy Povah

Op Ed in Fusion Urging President to Pardon More Women by Amy Povah

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

Honoring Men in Prison on Father’s Day – Huffpost

Honoring Men in Prison on Father’s Day – Huffpost

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

CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah’s radio interview archives, plus 2 part radio interview with Kerry Reynolds for KMUD

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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

USA Today interviews Jason Hernandez at CAN-DO VIGIL for POWs at the White House

USA Today interviews Jason Hernandez at CAN-DO VIGIL for POWs at the White House

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

Danielle Metz – Serving Life – Received CLEMENCY on 8/30/16

Danielle Metz – Serving Life – Received CLEMENCY on 8/30/16

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

Josephine Ledezma – Life – CLEMENCY on 8/5/16

Josephine Ledezma – Life – CLEMENCY on 8/5/16

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 Bascaro – Served 39 years for pot – NOW FREE!

Antonio Bascaro – Served 39 years for pot – NOW FREE!

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!
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Congrats to Deneise Quintanilla – LIFE – Received Clemency on 1/17/17

Congrats to Deneise Quintanilla – LIFE – Received Clemency on 1/17/17

deniese-qDeneise Quintanilla is #4 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women – please sign her change.org petition. 

Name: Deneise Anne Quintanilla
DOB: 9/3/68
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Age: 47
Children: 2 sons, 1 daughter
Grandchildren: 2 Grandsons, 1 Granddaughter
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Pauline Kay Blake – 24 Years Received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16!!!

Pauline Kay Blake – 24 Years Received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16!!!

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 Ruiz Montes – 20 years – Received Clemency on 1/19/17

Ricardo Ruiz Montes – 20 years – Received Clemency on 1/19/17

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
DOB: 1980
Race:  Hispanic
Family: Three children ages 11, 8 and … Read the rest

Congrats to Cynthia Shank – 15 Years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16

Congrats to Cynthia Shank – 15 Years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16

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 Matthews – Life – Received Clemency 12/19/16

Clinton Matthews – Life – Received Clemency 12/19/16

unnamed-2Clinton 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

Congrats to Dicky Joe Jackson – LIFE – received clemency on 8/3/16

Congrats to Dicky Joe Jackson – LIFE – received clemency on 8/3/16

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 her … Read the rest

Congrats to Donna McDaniel – 30 years – RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 11/22/16

Congrats to Donna McDaniel – 30 years – RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 11/22/16

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!

Please sign Donna’s clemency petition.

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Michael Holmes – Serving Life is NOW FREE!!!

Michael Holmes – Serving Life is NOW FREE!!!

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Michael Holmes walked out of prison on April 18, 2017 after 18 years. He received clemency on 12/19/16

Michael Holmes was lucky #10 on Top 25 – and finally got his DREAM COME TRUE!  Clemency!!!
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Paul Free – Serving Life For Pot – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 – NOW FREE!!!

Paul Free – Serving Life For Pot – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 – NOW FREE!!!

Best news ever – Paul Free walked out of prison on April 29, 2019. Congratulations Paul!  Halfway house is not exactly “free” but it’s a great step and Paul is grinning from ear to ear!

“OK FOLKS STAY TUNED –

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Carol Denise Richardson – Clemency Recipient on 3/30/16

Carol Denise Richardson – Clemency Recipient on 3/30/16

Carol Richardson was #8 on the CAN-DO Top 25
Name: Carol Richardson – 16753-179
DOB: March 27, 1968
Race: Black
Age: 50
Children: 4 children
Grandkids: 2 grandkids
Charge: Two counts of possession and two counts of conspiracy to distribute … Read the rest

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