Vera Institute focuses on lack of clemency for women

Vera Institute reached out to CAN-DO for a statement about the lack of women receiving clemency, something we are very passionate about and have devoted countless resources and energy toward.  In this article:  “The consequences that face the children and loved ones left behind are also often left out of conversations regarding mass incarceration. Clemency recipient and founder of CAN-DO Clemency, Amy Povah, highlighted the hardships that face incarcerated women when she told the New York Times she “will never forget the screams of children when it was time to say goodbye at the end of prison visitations.” Although she believes that all people serving lengthy sentences deserve a second chance through clemency, she advocated that mothers, who are more likely to have been primary or sole caregivers of children prior to their incarceration, should be prioritized in clemency hearings.” Read the entire story:

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