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Craig Cesal – 1st offender – Serving Life for Pot was released by BOP to home confinement due to COVID-19!

Craig Cesal – 1st offender – Serving Life for Pot was released by BOP to home confinement due to COVID-19!

Sign Craig Cesal’s change.org petition
CAN-DO created a video of Craig’s daughter, Lauren talking about her dad, what a wonderful father he is, and why he should get clemency.

Congrats to Craig Cesal who was serving life for pot … Read the rest

Phyllis Hood – 22 years – on home confinement

Phyllis Hood – 22 years – on home confinement

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Happy that Phyllis Hood was released by the BOP to home confinement. Phyllis Hood – 28114-112
Age: 64
DOB: 10/24/1955
Race: White
Children: 1 son
Raised: Fontana, CA
Will Live:
Fontana, CA
Case:
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Charge: Conspiracy to Traffic Meth;
Trial/plea:Read the rest

Patricia Cooney – 1st Offender – 30 years – NOW FREE due to First Step Act!

Patricia Cooney – 1st Offender – 30 years – NOW FREE due to First Step Act!

PLEASE sign Patricia’s Change.org petition

Name: Patricia Cooney #50662-004
DOB: 7-18-1953
Race: Black
Marital Status: Single
Age: 66
Children: One adult daughter and one adult son; four grandchildren (one due in August) and three great-grandchildren.
Grandchildren: One granddaughter who was … Read the rest

Aaron Sandusky – 10 Years for Medical Marijuana is NOW FREE! Early release due to First Step Act

Aaron Sandusky – 10 Years for Medical Marijuana is NOW FREE! Early release due to First Step Act


Aaron Sandusky #63038-112
DOB: 01/08/1970
Marital status: Engaged to Darlene Buenrostro
Children: None
Raised: California
Tried: Los Angeles, CA
Charge: Conspiracy to manufacture and Distribute Marijuana
Sentence: 10 years
Incarcerated Since: 2012
Sentencing Date: 1/07/2012
Served: 7 years
Will LiveRead the rest

Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life – RELEASED due to First Step Act

Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life – RELEASED due to First Step Act

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Patricia has been given an immediate release pending ICE hold!!! 
Name: Patricia Clarke
DOB: 01/31/1972
Age: 47
Race: African American
Charge: Racketeering; Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Cocaine Base and Marijuana
Served: 26 years
Sentence: LIFE
Sentenced:Read the rest

Aaron Sandusky’s medical marijuana nightmare – told by Reason

Aaron Sandusky’s medical marijuana nightmare – told by Reason

Aaron Sandusky’s case represents everything that is wrong with cannabis prohibition. Reveal’s video by Zach Weissmueller is a must watch for anyone working within the legal cannabis space. If this can happen to Aaron, it can happen to anyone.


When … Read the rest

MEET THE CAN-DO ADVISORY BOARD

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 … Read the rest

The Conspiracy Law – What you don’t know can hurt you…

The Conspiracy Law – What you don’t know can hurt you…

CAN-DO Founder, Amy Ralston Povah got more time than her kingpin husband or anyone in his entire entire organization of smugglers and dealers even though she was the least culpable.  It’s convoluted and hard to believe, which is why we’ve … Read the rest

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in New York Times

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in New York Times

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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

Business Insider publishes our Open Letter seeking clemency for more women

Business Insider publishes our Open Letter seeking clemency for more women

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

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’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

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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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

Donella Harriel – 22 years – CLEMENCY GRANTED on 8/3/2016

Donella Harriel – 22 years – CLEMENCY GRANTED on 8/3/2016

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Donella Harriel granted clemency on Aug 3, 2016 – is still in limbo due to a detainer.

MEDIA: Read about Donella’s story in the Influence and Alternet.

Race: Black
Marital Status: single
Age: 39
Children: 2 kids
State raised: Florida… Read the rest

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

Mandy Martinson – 15 Years – Received Clemency 12/16/16

Mandy Martinson – 15 Years – Received Clemency 12/16/16

Congratulations to Mandy Martinson who received clemency from a 15 year sentence!

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Mandy Martinson
Age: 37
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth
Priors: First Offense
Sentence: 15 years
Served: 12 years
Sentenced: 2005
Release Date: 10/21/2017 – due for release to … Read the rest

Do’s and Don’ts When Writing to the Pardon Attorney or President

Dos and Donts when writing the Pardon Attorney

Before you get started, know that timing is everything.  President Trump was moved by Kim Kardashian’s plea to free Alice Marie Jonson, who was #1 on the CAN-DO Top 25 … Read the rest

Alice Marie Johnson and CAN-DO in Vocativ

Alice Marie Johnson and CAN-DO in Vocativ

Alice Marie Johnson is #1 on the Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency

Alice Marie Johnson has been in prison for 20 years, serving a life sentence without parole for a non-violent drug crime. The 60-year-old mother was sentenced in … Read the rest

CAN-DO in Buzzfeed News

CAN-DO in Buzzfeed News

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

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