President Obama

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

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

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

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

Obama Visits El Reno Federal Prison – Watch His Speech!

Obama Visits El Reno Federal Prison – Watch His Speech!

 Watch President Obama’s speech at El Reno Federal Prison and other related videos on Al Jezeera

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison – historic moments that he will be remembered most fondly for.  Future … Read the rest

Amy in Action – CAN-DO Founder Amy Ralston Povah

Amy in Action – CAN-DO Founder Amy Ralston Povah

Amy Ralston Povah Goes to DC – 2014

 

Amy Meets Gore Vidal

Amy spoke to the iconic Gore Vidal about her CAN-DO Foundation. Vidal was outspoken about ending the drug war and congratulated Amy on her efforts to raise … Read the rest

Melissa Trigg – 1st Offender – 15 years

Melissa Trigg – 1st Offender – 15 years

Melissa

We were elated to get the wonderful news that Melissa was scheduled to go to a halfway house on Nov 14th.  This is a date many of us have waited for!  Congrats to the entire Trigg family.

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Rhonda Turpin – 17 years – NOW FREE!

Rhonda Turpin – 17 years – NOW FREE!

Rhonda

CANDO is elated to report that Rhonda has walked out of the prison and is currently at a halfway house.  It won’t be long before she will burst into society doing many great things!

Name: Rhonda J. Turpin. #31460-060
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Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life

Patricia Clarke – 1st Offender – Life

 

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Name: Patricia Clarke
DOB: 01/31/1972
Age: 46
Race: African American
Charge: Racketeering; Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Cocaine Base and Marijuana
Served: 26 years
Sentence: LIFE
Sentenced: 1993
Priors: First Offense
Prison Conduct: Excellent conduct
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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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Minnie Pearl Thomas – Serving Life – received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16

Minnie Pearl Thomas – Serving Life – received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16

Minnie Thomas is #5 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women was given the miracle of freedom on Aug 3, 2016 by President Obama.  

CAN-DO worked with Katina Smith to get a change.org petition up supporting her mother’s clemency. The Denver … Read the rest

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