The Top 25 Women Deserving Clemency

CAN-DO Top 25 Women Deserving Clemency

Angela Reynolds – 23 years for drug charges - Name:Angela Reynolds   Race: White Marital Status: separated Age: 41 Children: 2 Grandchildren: 0 Indicted in: Arlington, TX Will release to: Sherman TX Pled: Guilty Charges: Conspiracy to sell a controlled substance Sentence: 22 years and 11 months Served: 8 years on November 13th. Started sentence on: November 13, 2015 Release date: 5/24/2034 Priors: 3-Possession 4-200 […]
Michelle West – 1st Offender – Serving Life Without Parole - Please sign Michelle’s petitionName: Michelle West 17809-039 Children: One daughter – Miquelle West Race: Human Grew up: Detroit, Michigan Tried: Detroit,Michigan Will Live: Los Angeles, CA Charges: Count (2) Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, (3) Aiding & Abetting; Drug Related Murder (5) False Statements to Institution with Deposits Insured by the FDIC (6) Laundering […]
Roberta Bell – 1st Time Offender – Serving LIFE - Please sign Roberta Bell’s petition Name: Roberta Ronique Bell #08116-067 DOB: Sept. 4, 1971 Race: Black Age: 52 Children: Three children – 2 girls and boy. Ashley, Gerrid, and Jazzmin Two granddaughters – Riley and Riyan State from: Born in Rockford, Il – moved to PA at 14 Tried: in PA Charge: Conspiracy, Intimidation of a […]
Lazara Ordaz – Serving 35 years - Name: Lazara Ordaz #52247-066 DOB: December 17 Race: AFRO-CUBAN Marital Status: Single Age: 65 Children: One daughter Resident state: Florida State charged: Philadelphia Will live: Philadelphia Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute More than 3 Kilos of controlled substance (cocaine) Use of a communications facility, possession of a firearm Sentence: 35 Years Time served: 25 Years Release date: […]
Celeste Monette Blair – 30 years for Conspiracy - According to Celeste: I was sentenced to 30 years for CONSPIRACY TO POSSESS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (namely meth). I had not been convicted of a felony in 23 years. I was convicted as if I were a career criminal. Where does my story begin? It could begin when I was a […]
Charlotte Nicole O’Neal – 10 Years for Drug Conspiracy - Name: Charlotte Nicole O’Neal, Reg. #36590-180 DOB: May 20 Race: White. Raised: Houston, Texas. Tried:  Western District of Texas. Will live: Waco, Texas. Charges: Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine – (21 USC § 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(B)(viii). Trial or plea: Plea. Sentenced on: March 16, 2019. Priors: Minor traffic tickets. Prison Conduct: Exemplary. Clemency status:  Pending. Release date: February 27, 2026. […]
Patricia Aruda – 10.8 years for Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine - Name: Patricia Aruda — Currently Free on CARES Act but still needs clemency DOB: February 12 Race: White Raised: Wailuku, Mai, Hawaii Tried:  District of Hawaii Will live: Maui, Hawaii Charges: 21 USC 841(a)(1) & 841 (b)(1)(A). Sentenced on: December 8, 2015 Priors: Few minor misdemeanor charges. Prison Conduct: Exemplary Clemency status:  Pending – C298344 Release date: October 3, 2023 Institution: Currently […]
Mackese Walker Speight – 1st offense – 68 Years for Conspiracy! - Name: Mackese Walker Speight, Reg. #26084-001 DOB: June 19 Race: Black. Raised: Fairfield, AL. Tried:  Northern District of Alabama. Will live: Dolomite, AL. Charges: 21 USC 371 Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking; 18 USC 924(c)(1) Brandishing a Firearm. Trial or plea: Guilty Plea. Sentenced on: Mary 24, 2007 Served: 15 years. Priors: First Time Offender. Prison Conduct: Exemplary, extensive programs and consistent work history. Clemency […]
Sherry Walter – 20 years for Drug Conspiracy - Name : Sherry Ann Walter  DOB:  7-24-1972 Race: White   Age:  51 Children:  3 Grandchildren: 2 Raised:   Texas State Indicted:  Texas  Pled:  Guilty Charges: Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute  Sentence:  20 years Served: 8 years Started sentence: November 2015 Release Date: November 2035 Priors: Possession Under a Gram Prison Conduct: Clear, community status Clemency Status: Amended in […]
Anabel Valenzuela – Serving 32 Years – Nonviolent Drug Conspiracy - Name:  Anabel Valenzuela Age: 38 Race: Mexican-American. Children: 2 sons, ages 11 and 12 Grew up: Born in Los Angeles but raised in Las Vegas since the age of 7. Charge: Drug Conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine and Money Laundering in the state of Hawaii. Never been to State of Hawaii not even on a vacation. […]
Kendra Ward – 18 Years for Nonviolent Drug Conspiracy - Name: Kendra Ward, #53803-177 DOB: July 4 Race: White. Raised: Wichita Falls, TX. Tried:  Northern District of Texas. Will live:  Wichita Falls, TX. Charges: 21 USC 846; 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(c) Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Methamphetamine. Trial or plea: Guilty Plea. Sentenced on: July 8, 2016 Served: 8 years. Priors: Minor Offenses Prison Conduct: Exemplary, extensive programs and consistent work history. Clemency […]
Holly Frantzen – Serving 16 years 8 months for Nonviolent Drug Conspiracy - Holly Frantzen #54447-177 Race: White Martial Status:  Divorced Children:  2 State where I am from:  Texas State indicted:  Texas Will release to:  Kentucky Trial or pled guilty:  pled guilty Charges: Conspiracy with intent to distribute a controlled substance Length of sentence:  16 yrs 8 months Served:  7 years Started sentence on:  6/27/16 Release date:  5/10/31 […]
Crystal Nicole Douglas – 9 Years for Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises. - Name: Crystal Nicole Douglas, Reg. #59199-177. DOB: December 1, 1983. Race: White. Raised: Tarrant County, Texas. Tried:  Northern District of Texas. Will live: Dallas, Texas. Charges: 21 USC 856(a)(1) Maintaining a drug involved premises. Trial or plea: Plea. Sentenced on: February 3, 2020. Priors: Minor traffic tickets. Prison Conduct: Exemplary. Clemency status:  Pending. Release date: April 24, 2026. Institution: FMC Carswell Camp, P.O. Box […]
Lavonne Roach – 30 Years – CLEMENCY GRANTED 1/20/21 - LaVonne has rebuilt herself from a pre-prison existence that is hard to fathom if you haven’t been there - an unremitting tale of alcohol, drugs, poverty, violence and abuse starting at age 11. LaVonne doesn’t deserve a second chance. She needs a first chance - a first chance to live in peace, to care for her ailing parents, to love her children, to help care for grandchildren who hardly know her.
Chalana McFarland – 1st Offender – 30 years – Clemency Granted on 1/20/21 - Congratulations to Chalana McFarland who received clemency from President Trump on 1/20/21.  She was serving her sentence on house arrest due to CARES Act when she got the life-altering news.   Chalana is now living in Georgia and has reunited with her daughter, Nia, her parents and extended family.  We could not be happier that […]
Adrianne Miller – 15 years – Clemency granted 1/20/21 - Please sign Adrianne’s petition seeking clemency from President Trump Name: Adrianne Davis Miller #15437-002 Age: 42 Race: White Raised: Montgomery, Alabama Tried: Mobile Alabama Will live: Mobile Alabama Charges: Conspiracy with intent to distribute a controlled substance / Conspiracy with intent to possess a list I chemical known to manufacture methamphetamine Sentence: 15 years Sentenced on: April […]
Angela Wright – 30 years – Compassionate Release – NOW FREE! - Congratulations Angela Wright! We are so happy you are now free!  Please sign Angela Wright’s clemency petition: Name: Angela C. Wright #: 12118-017 DOB: 1/1/1977 Age: 44 Marital Status: Single Children: One son, Brad Moore, Jr. Sentence: 30 years, 4 months Date Sentence Started: 2/24/2007 Years served: 12 Release Date: 3/2026 Charge(s): 21 USC 841 and 846: Conspiracy to Distribute […]
Lenora Logan – Life reduced to 30 years- Immediate release on 8/13/20 Clemency on 10/21/20 - Name: Lenora Logan #11733-424 DOB: 10-21-60 Age: 59 Children: 3 Grandchildren: 11 Raised: Iowa Will live: Joliet, IL Charges: Conspiracy to distribute and sell crack cocaine Sentence:  LIFE reduced to 30 years on appeal and then resent 2 pt reduction to 27 years. Served to date: 19 years Started Sentence: 9-9-1999 Priors: only petty charges: Possession […]
Phyllis Hood – 22 years – on home confinement - Happy that Phyllis Hood was released by the BOP to home confinement. Phyllis Hood – 28114-112 Age: 65 DOB: 10/24/1955 Race: White Children: 1 son Raised: Fontana, CA Will Live: Fontana, CA Case: Missouri Charge: Conspiracy to Traffic Meth; Trial/plea: Plea Length of Sentence: 22 years Sentenced: 2006 Served: 17 years Reduction: 2 pt reduction of 22 […]
Elisa Castillo – 1st Offender – LIFE – NOW FREE due to compassionate release! - Please sign Elisa’s Clemency Petition. Elisa was released on May 30th due to compassionate release and is home with her family. We are overjoyed!  Name: Elisa Castillo 67003-179 D.O.B: 7/13/1955 Race: Hispanic Marital status: Widow Age: 64 Children: 4 two boys, two girls Grandchildren: 12, all live in Dallas, TX State Raised: Came to United States at age […]
Shanita McKnight – 1st Offender – 20 years – released by BOP to home confinement - Although Shanita is on home confinement now, we are still vigorously advocating for her clemency! Please sign and share Shanita’s clemency petition on Change.  Name: Shanita McKnight #15537-171 DOB: 4/22/73 Race: African American Martial status: Married Age: 48 Children: 2 State raised: South Carolina State charged: South Carolina Will release: Charlotte, NC Charges: Count 1: Conspiracy to […]
Rashundria Burkes – 15 years 6 months sent to Home Confinement due to COVID-19 - We are happy the BOP released Rashundria Burkes to home confinement for her safety! We are still pursuing #Clemency but gain comfort that she is safe at home with her family!  Sign Rashundria Burkes petition seeking clemency.  Name: Rashundria J. Burkes #33305-279 D.O. B. 6/29/75 Children: None Race: African American Lived prior to indictment: Texas Tried: […]
Elizabeth Rushing – 1st Offender – 24 years – released early due to COVID-19 - Please sign and share Elizabeth’s petition  Exciting news for the Rushing family now that Liz is safe at home with her family. Name: Elizabeth Marie Rushing  #18715-056 DOB: 5/14/1966 Children: 1 daughter – she was 18 months old when I came to prison and is now 18 yrs old Race: White Charges: – 2 counts […]
Crystal Munoz – serving 15 years for pot received CLEMENCY on 2/18/2020 - Receiving clemency would alter my whole future, and the future of my spouse and children, not to mention my other family members who sacrifice their time to help take care of my children. It means that I can be a mother to my children and a wife to my husband. I can be there to feed and take them to school and help raise them.
Judith Negron – 35 years – First offender received CLEMENCY on 2/18/2020 - Please sign Judith Negron’s petition Name: Judith C. Negron #95719-004 Age: 48 Race: White (Hispanic) Raised: Florida Tried: Florida Will Live: Florida Charges: Initial Indictment: 1 Count of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud Superceeding Indictment with 24 counts (Health Care Fraud, to Conspiracy to Defraud the Government, Receive & Pay Kickbacks, Structuring to Avoid […]
Tynice Hall – 28 years received CLEMENCY on 2/18/2020 - Please Sign Tynice Hall’s Petition Name: Tynice Hall # 34596-177 DOB: 7/27/1983 Age: 36 Marital Status: Single Children:  One son, Jonathan Raised: Texas Tried: Texas Will Live: Lubbock, TX Charge(s): Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine […]
Santra Rucker – 13 life sentences reduced to 23 years – NOW FREE!!! - Santra Rucker - 13 life sentences reduced to 23 years - NOW FREE!!!
Tammie Francis – LIFE – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 walked out on 2/19/20 due to First Step Act!!! - Tammie fought for her freedom every day of her life sentence.  Even after First Step Act passed she had to file a motion and the prosecutor fought back, but she prevailed and is #NOWFREE! Tammie was #21 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women – and can now close this awful chapter of her life and […]
Betty Jo Rains – 22 years – First Offense – NOW FREE due to First Step Act - Name: Betty Jo Rains #20446-017 Age: 60 Race: White Raised: Florida Case: Florida Will live: Florida Charges: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilos of cocaine and possession of  firearms in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Pled guilty: revoked Sentence: 22 years and 7 months Served: 10 years Started sentence: May 26th 2009 […]
Tanesha Bannister – 23 years – NOW FREE!!! -  We are pleased that Tanesha was set free on May 1st 2019 thanks to the First Step Act.   Congratulations to Tanesha and all her family. Tanesha was introduce by President Trump at the 2020 President Summit at the historically black Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.  You can watch her speech here Name: Tanesha Bannister #99774-071 […]
Laura LaPaz – Goes free on 12/2/2019 due to First Step Act - Name: Laura LaPaz #30388-034Age: 39Race: White Raised: Texas Tried: Louisiana Will live: Texas or California Charges: Count 1-conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetimine 21USC 841 [a] [1] and 841 [b] [1] [A] Count 2- possession of a […]
Nicole Walker – 10 years – First Offender – NOW FREE released 12/18/19 - Name: Nicole Walker #12462-030 DOB: June 4, 1970 Race: White Marital status: Single Age: 49 years old Children: 1 daughter and 1 grandson Raised: Iowa Charged: Southern District of Iowa Charges: 1 count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth Sentence: signed a 5 year plea agreement but received 10 year mandatory minimum at sentencing Served: 8 […]
Nancy Ferneau – Serving 25 years is NOW FREE! Thanks to First Step Act – Compassionate release - Nancy has finally walked out of Carswell women’s medical facility and is with her family in Washington State!  We are absolutely thrilled that she made it out of prison, especially since she had so many ailments! Please sign Nancy’s clemency petition and share with others Name: Nancy E.Ferneau #06966-059 DOB: 2/27/52 Race: Caucasian Age: […]
Mary Beth Looney – serving 42 years is NOW FREE thanks to First Step Act - Congratulations to Mary Beth Looney who received clemency on 12/19/16 but still had to serve 6 more years.   Thanks to the First Step Act Mary Beth was released on 12/5/19 as was her husband Donald, “Dody”  Both received the Elderly release program.                    Name: Mary Beth […]
Patricia Cooney – 1st Offender – 30 years – NOW FREE due to First Step Act! - Congratulations to Patricia Cooney, her daughter Jacqueline and her entire family who have welcomed Patricia home with open arms! 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 disabled […]
Karen Davis – 20 years is NOW FREE! - Congratulations to Karen Davis who is NOW FREE thanks to the First Step Act. Name: Karen L. Davis # 40291-074 DOB: 5/12/71 Age: 48 Race: Black Marital Status: Married. Children : Seven children, Timothy Benford, Nathan Benford, Willie Davis, Jr., Isadore Davis, Deonte Davis, Jazmine Davis, Brandon Davis. Raised: Tennessee Tried: Tennessee Will Live: Atlanta, GA […]
Rhonda Turpin – 17 years – NOW FREE! - CANDO is elated to report that Rhonda  is NOW FREE.  She is an inspiration to so many and got extra good time due to First Step Act. Name: Rhonda J. Turpin. #31460-060 Race: African American Children: Two daughters; six grandchildren Charge: Conspiracy to commit bank fraud and tax fraud Sentence: 17 years Release Date: 11/05/2019 Started Sentence […]
Monique Horton – First Step Act Recipient – FREE AT LAST - Monique Horton received an immediate release on February 4, 2019 due to the First Step Act. She served 184 months (15 years) and was re-sentenced to 168 months so she served 1 year and 5 months more than the reduced term under the Fair Sentencing Act that reduced the 100 to 1 crack cocaine disparity […]
Catherine Toney – 20 years -Immediate release per FIRST STEP ACT!!! - Congratulations to Catherine Toney and her family!!! Catherine, her daughter Brandy, and her granddaughter Channon, went to the White House and met President Trump on February 21st, for Black History Month. He introduced Katherine as the “First female to receive an immediate release under the First Step Act.”                […]
Ezralee Kelley – 16 years – First Step Act - Ezralee Kelley’s public defender has filed a motion on her behalf and is waiting for a response from the Judge. Name: Ezralee KelleyDOB: 02/27/1976Race: Native American & MexicanMarital Status: SingleAge: 42Children: 4Raised: Washington state (Spokane)State Indicted: Washington StateRelease State: Washington StateTrial: Pled Guilty (binding Plea) Mandatory 15 with career criminal enhancementCharges: Conspiracy to distribute 50 […]
Barbara Scrivner Receives Clemency – 12/17/14 – RIP - CAN-DO NEWS FLASH BARBARA SCRIVNER RECEIVED CLEMENCY FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA Although it’s LONG OVERDUE – we could not be happier to hear that someone so deserving was finally rewarded with leniency after serving 21 years! Today, the Associated Press reported that: “The White House said the eight new commutations Obama granted were for prisoners who […]
Alice Marie Johnson – FREE AT LAST – LIFE sent commuted! - Alice is already renowned for her annual Easter play and has scripted and staged her own original sequels to “Sister Act” and “Madea Comes to Carswell,” which she schedules on holidays such as Mother’s Day, Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. (Carswell is the location of one of the Bureau of Prison’s medical centers.)
Danielle Metz – Serving Life – Received CLEMENCY on 8/30/16 - In 1993, at the age of 26, Danielle Metz was sentenced to serve three life sentences plus twenty years for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. It was her first conviction. Evidence suggests that Danielle never knew that her husband, Glenn, was involved in drugs. When they married, he was 30 years old and she was 18.
Josephine Ledezma – Life – CLEMENCY on 8/5/16 - Josephine (Josie) was a teacher’s aide who married her high school sweetheart and had three children. She was never involved with drugs, never used drugs, nor had any desire to be involved in drugs, but like many women she was willing to do a favor for a family member.
Angie Jenkins – Serving 30 Years Received Clemency - I am now at the Satellite Camp Prison in Dublin, just arrived Aug 15, 2014. I am currently volunteering to paint for a Halloween event that the staff is holding for their children here. I am painting props and backdrops for photos we will be taking of the children for this event.
Cheryl Howard – Life – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - 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 everything that the canker worm and the locust ate up!! He did it Amy and […]
Felicia Smith received clemency and is NOW FREE! - Felicia received clemency on President Obama’s last full day in office – Jan 19, 2017. Vice news reached out to the CANDO Foundation seeking an interview with a clemency recipient that Obama commuted on his last day in office.  We paired them with Felicia Smith!    Vice news covered Felicia’s story:  Name: Felicia Smith DOB: 6-23-1982 Age: […]
Congrats to Deneise Quintanilla – LIFE – Received Clemency on 1/17/17 - Deneise Quintanilla is #4 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women – please sign her 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 Charge: Conspiracy to PWITD & DIST Methamphetamine Length of Sentence: Life Served to Date: 15 ½ […]
Pauline Kay Blake – 24 Years Received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16!!! - I am a strong woman and when I do get home I will do my best to restore all the love we have missed. I have a grandchild now! I hope to volunteer part-time at a homeless shelter because my boys have all ended up with out a place to sleep off and on for years. I pray that someone will find me worthy of clemency and let me go home so I can prove to others and myself that I deserve a second chance at a sober life. I now have the skills I never had access to before prison.
Congrats to Carolyn Bell – 21 years – Clemency on 1/19/17 - Carolyn just received clemency from President Obama – she can now dream of her a future with her family – she can now “go home.” Name: Carolyn Bell #17268-064 DOB: November 29, 1972 Race: Biracial (Black and Vietnamese) Marital Staus: Divorced Age: 43 Children: 4 Grandchildren: None Raised: Lawton, Oklahoma Charged: Oklahoma Will release: Oklahoma […]
Schearean Means – LIFE is NOW FREE due to First Step Act. She also received Clemency on 12/19/16 - 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 reduced to 30 years so she still needs relief. Name: Schearean Means,  Reg #19958001 DOB: […]
Congrats to Terry Anderson – 30 Years – clemency on 1/19/17 - Terry Anderson just received the gift of freedom from President Obama – we are elated – Terry can now reunite with her twin daughters and extended family! Please sign Terry’s petition. Terry Lynn Anderson is #07 on the Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency DOB: 12-29-62 Age: 52 Race: White Children: Twin daughters Charge: Conspiracy […]
Gracie Ann Walker – 24 years 2 months Received on 8-30!!! - Gracie sent Amy Povah with CAN-DO this message:                                    PRIASE GOD.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAS JUST NOTIFIED THAT I AM ON THE LIST OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S. THE ONLY STIPULATION IS THAT I HAVE TO DO RDAP OR AT LEAST SIGNED UP […]
Congrats to Cynthia Shank – 15 Years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16 - While I would like to say that my time in prison has served to make me a better person, I can’t because that would be dishonest. I was once a contributing member of society, with a growing family. I am now divorced from my husband and separated from my daughters who need me desperately. At least a 1000 different times my daughters have cried out to me too "just come home."
Charceil Kellam – Life Without Parole received CLEMENCY! - Name: Charceil Kellam #059920-084 DOB: 3-3-64 Age:52 Children:Perry 33,Elijah19,Nyjah14 Charge: Conspiracy to dist, poss, poss to dist. Sentence: 2 LIFE PLUS 30YRS Release Date: unknown Served: 10 yrs sept-2016 locked-up since sept.2006 Started Sentence: sentenced Aug27,2007 Priors:2 petty misd.for drugs (1) felony for a pipe,shoplifting,public assit.fraud failure to report Prison Conduct: a few minor infractions Institution: Hazelton SFF […]
Congrats Stacia Smith – 21 years – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 - Stacia was #15 on the CAN-DO Top 25 – she just received the blessing of clemency on 12.19.16 Name: Stacia Tarnike Smith DOB: 4-23-74 Race: African American Marital Status: Single Age: 42 Children: 3 Charge: Conspiracy to posess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. Sentence: 21 years Served to date: 12 1/2 […]
Donella Harriel – 22 years – CLEMENCY GRANTED on 8/3/2016 - 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 Where case was tried: Florence, South Carolina Releasing to: Port St. Lucie, Florida Charge: Conspiracy to […]
Crystal Mattern – 19 years – Received Clemency on 1/19/17 - Congratulations to Crystal Mattern who received clemency from President Obama on 1/19/17. Please sign Crystal’s Change petition. Name: Crystal Mattern DOB: 11-9-76 Race: White Marital Status: Single Age: 40 Children: 4 Grandchildren: 2 Raised: MN Charged: ND Release to: MN/ND Charge: Conspiracy, Meth, 500 grams Sentence: 19 years Served: 8 years Started sentence on: August 8, […]
Lisa Woods Ball – 20 years – Received Clemency on 11/22/16 - Congrats to Lisa Woods Ball received clemency on 11/22/2016 Message from Lisa: Amy hello and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, I was blessed with a clemency/commutation and a wonderful daughter and 2 grandson one 5 and one is 3 months , and I have one sister left for that I thank God many […]
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 cocaine base Length of Sentence: Life Without Parole Sentenced: June 16, 2006 Served to date: 10 years […]
Olynthia Hinton – 20 Years – Received Clemency!!! - Congratulations to Olynthia Hinton for receiving clemency on October 27, 2016. Congrats to her son Savoz Strong who started Olynthia’s petition and was victorious.  Name: Olynthia Hinton Age: 38 Race: Black DOB: 6-7-78 Marital status: Single Kids: 4 Grew up:  South Carolina Tried: South Carolina Charges: Distribution of powder cocaine Sentence: 20 yrs mandatory Served: […]
Mandy Martinson – 15 Years – Received Clemency 12/16/16 - Like so many women, Mandy had a productive life and was a responsible citizen until she experienced trauma in the form of domestic violence. Her self-medicating to avoid stress turned quickly into a raging addiction and eventually into a sentence.
Angela LaPlatney – 20 years – Received clemency on 3/30/2016 - Angela LaPlatney received clemency on 3/30/2016. Name: Angela La Platney #08713-091 DOB: 3/3/73 Age: 43 Children: 2 boys Bradley,21 & Tyler,20 Charge: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine Sentence: 240 months 3/3/22 GCT or 9/24/24 Max Started Sentence: 9/29/04 Served: 11 years 6 months Priors: State felony for possession of a controlled substance […]
Alicia Siller – 21 years 10 months – CLEMENCY GRANTED!!! - Alicia Siller received clemency on October 27, 2016  Messages from Alicia Siller: I just want to let every one know that I got the BEST news ever today. Obama signed off on my clemency. Ill be coming home soon. So I want to Thank every one that supported me. First and foremost I want to Thank […]
Ramona Brant in Humans of New York – over half a million likes!!! - Ramona Brant is setting social media on fire – this time on Brandon’s Humans of New York blog and Facebook page.   Her image and story has already garnered over half-a-million likes and been shared over 20,000 times.  It is a 4-part piece that begins with this tease: “I met Donald when I was twenty-six. […]
Connie Farris – 12 years for mail fraud – NOW FREE! - Connie has finally reunited with her loving husband, Rex Farris under the Elderly Release Program. Name: Connie Farris #41922-048 DOB: 1944 Race: White Marital Status: Married 53 years to Rex Farris Age: 73 husband, Rex,  74 Children: None State Convicted: Nevada Will reside: California Sentence: 12 years Charges: Mail Fraud and Aiding and Abetting; Never convicted […]
Barbara Sue Culberson – 31 years – First Offender is NOW FREE! - Congratulations to Barbara who was released on Sept 20, 2019 Name: Barbara Sue Culberson #48346-019 DOB:  10/24/41 Race: White Marital Status:  Married to Ricky Wade (who is incarcerated in Talladega, AL) Age: 76 Children:  Four living children; one deceased Grandchildren:  Eight grandchildren; four great- grandchildren State Raised:  Georgia State tried:  Georgia Will Live: Rome, Georgia Charges:  Conspiracy […]
Barbara Pacheco – 20 years - Name: Barbara Pacheco #05776-030 DOB: 12/26/1958 Age: 61 Children: 1 son – Jay  1 daughter Samantha 5 grandchildren – all girls. Race: White Charge: Conspiracy to Deliver 500 grams. Served: 14 years Sentence: 20 years Sentenced in: 2006 Release Date: 07/04/2025 Priors: Petty theft and Possession of Firearm – due to raid that yielded only 1 bud of marijuana. Cops were so mad […]
Kimberly Robinson – 24 years - Name: Kimberly Robinson, (Kim) #64902-019 DOB: 10/2/59 Age: 60 Race: Caucasian Marital Status: Single Children: One son, one daughter Grandchildren: One granddaughter  Grew Up In: Anderson, SC Case based In/Tried: Knoxville, TN Will Live Post-Release: Fairburn, GA Charge(s): 1- 21 USC 846 and 841(a) (1) and 841 (b) (1) (A) :  conspiracy to distribute five […]
Martha Garnica – 20 years – First offender- on home confinement - Name: Martha A. Garnica DOB: 08-31-1966 Age: 53 Race: White (Hispanic -U.S. Citizen) Raised: El Paso, Texas Tried: Western District Will live: El Paso, Texas Charges: Conspiracy, marijuana, bribery Sentence: 20 years Sentenced on: 2009 Served: 10 years Priors: First Offense Prison Conduct: Excellent (just a couple of minor incidents) Clemency Status:  Pending at OPA Case #C288402 Released […]
Andrea James – 27 years 6 months – Released due to First Step Act - Congrats to Andrea James who was released to ICE in Boston. She needs an immigration attorney. Name: Andrea Joy James #17868-056 DOB: 04/03/1966 Age: 53 Children: 1 Daughter – 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons Race: Black Raised: Jamaica Tried: North Carolina Charge: Conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine base Year Sentenced: 1999 Sentence: 27.6 Release […]
Debbie Singleton – 24 years 4 months – NOW FREE - Name: Debbie M. Singleton #: 62211-097 DOB: 2/22/1965 Race: white – Mexican/Hawaiian Grew up in: San Mateo, CA Children: Four children, Michael, Rodolfo, Antonio, Alejandro Charge: Conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of meth (in VA). Went to trial and received the trial penalty at sentencing by receiving more years of incarceration! Tried in: Western […]
Rachel Rogers – 18 years – Now Free! - Rachel was released on 1/10/2020 Name: Rachel Rogers #09797-059 DOB: 8/10/73 Age: 46 Race: Hispanic Children: 4 Grandchildren: 1 State raised: North Dakota Will release: Brooklyn, New York Charge: Conspiracy to distributed 500 grams of Meth Sentence: 18 years Served to date: 12 years Started Sentence On: Sept.14 2007 Priors: Sale with intent to distribute back in […]
Clothera White-Peak – First Offender – Life plus 25 years - Name: Clothera White-Peak #18114-018 DOB: 3/13/ Race: African American Marital Status: Recently Divorced Age: 49 Children: 1 son age 28 (7 at time of my incarceration) Charges: Conspiracy to commit carjacking, to PWITD cocaine, (924(c)), obstruction of interstate commerce Sentence: Life + 25 years Served: 26 years Sentenced: April 1995 Priors: First Offense Prison conduct: Exemplary prison […]
Melissa Trigg – 1st Offender – 15 years - 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. Please Sign Melissa Trigg’s change . org petition Melissa Trigg 18097-045 Age: 42 Children: 1 son Charge: Conspiracy […]
Mary Rose Ziman – 27 Years – NOW FREE! - I am a very proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I was fortunate to meet most of the grandchildren while incarcerated. During my incarceration I lost my husband on Christmas Day 2013, plus three brothers and a sister. I was on permanent disability before I was incarcerated. After 15 years my health is deteriorating rapidly.
Holly Dawn Moore – 1st Offender – 16 years is now free! -  Name: Holly Dawn Moore DOB: 7/12/82 Race: Caucasian Marital Status: Single Children:  One son, age 18 years old Charge: Conspiracy to Robbery Affecting Commerce Sentence: 16 years 4 months Years Served to Date: 11 years Date Sentence Started: 12/5/2005 Priors: None Health Status: Good Prison Conduct: A few minor contraband infractions; no violence Clemency Status: Completed […]
Rose Summers – 1st Offender – 24 Years is now free! - Rose Ella Summers – 20697-001 DOB: 9-11-70 Children: 1 son – Victor Race: White Raised: Grand Prarie, Texas Tried: Dallas, Texas Will live: Dallas, Texas Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth and Money Laundering Sentenced: May 7, 1997 Sentence: 24 years 4 months Served: 20 years Release Date: August 9, 2018 Priors: First Offender Prison Conduct: Role model inmate […]
Lori Kavitz – 1st Offender – 24 Years IS NOW FREE!!!! - I have lost everyone in my family but my sons and my grandchildren, whom I've never met. I need to help my sons raise their families and always be there for them. I've taken so much from them by not being there. My mother and sister have both passed away during my incarceration and I was not able to be there when they needed me most or to even attend their funerals.
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! Name: Linda Lee Byrnes – 68415-079 DOB: 7/6/46 Race: White Marital Status: Single State Linda is from: Michigan State charged: Michigan Where will you release to: Rodney, Michigan Children: 2 children […]
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 petition up supporting her mother’s clemency. The Denver Post saw the petition and reported on it – read the article:  Demaryius Thomas’ […]
Barbra Scrivner – 30 Years – CLEMENCY AFTER 20 YEARS!!! RIP - When Barbara was only seven years old, she was molested by a friend of her mother’s boyfriend. This had a psychological impact upon Barbara that led to a cycle of abusive men and drug addiction. In 1996 out of despair and wishing to end the pain inflicted upon her incarcerated soul, Barbara attempted suicide by jumping off a 40-foot building onto cement.
Irma Alred – 30 Years for Pot – is NOW FREE – Drugs Minus Two! - I feel it is worth noting that the attitude toward marijuana has changed drastically. Many people are now earning a lot of money growing and selling marijuana in states where it has been legalized, so I think it should be a consideration as to whether I am considered worthy of this great privilege of clemency. Even if i was guilty of everything I was accused of doing, I don’t think a 30 year sentence is a necessary punishment, especially since everyone involved is now free.
Therese Crepeau is FREE at LAST – Thanks to Drugs Minus Two! - CAN-DO NEWS – 2 Point Reduction In Action – Congrats to Therese Crepeau! Congratulations to Therese Crepeau, who walked out of prison today after serving 21 years on a 26 year sentence thanks to the  new 2 Point Reduction program..  We can’t wait to hear all about her freedom day and reunion with her fiancé, Chris […]
Andrea Asch – Now Free! - On February 19, 1998, law enforcement entered Andrea’s home with a search warrant obtained and based upon the word of an informant who was facing an 85-year prison sentence. The “snitch” was guilty of being a major distributor of methamphetamine and to reduce his sentence he told the police who his “customers” were.
Elizabeth “Beth” Cronan is NOW FREE – Drugs Minus Two! - It’s a great day because so many people are being released from the half-way house and/or BOP due to the 2 pt reduction that Beth and others who were on the Top 25 Women who Deserve Clemency, such as Therese Crepeau and Irma Alred. Beth Cronan walked out of prison on August 20th, after serving […]
Deniese Watts – #18 on Top 25 is NOW FREE!!! - Deniese Watts walked out of the BOP July 29th due to a motion filed that made her eligible for Drugs Minus Two. Deniese was #18 on the Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency and very deserving – congratulations to Deniese and all her family and friends – job well done! Deniese Watts 07314-424 DOB: 11/16/1963 […]
Mariella Liggio – Now Free! - Between 1980 and 1989, Mariella worked for several real estate agencies, including Coldwell Banker and also worked part time for H&R Paving in Miami. Mariella’s crime was committed in 1985/86 when cocaine was being consumed on a massive scale, especially in the night clubs and was widely accepted as being “cool and hip.” Mariella does not claim to be innocent, but she was not guilty of all the allegations the government accused her of.
Debi Campbell – Free - Debi Campbell is serving a 19-year, 7 month sentence for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Debi does not claim to be completely innocent, but she was not the participant that the government’s informant made her out to be and does not deserve the sentence she received.
Vicki Flanagan – Now Free! - Vicki Flanagan owned a successful accounting firm with 40 employees called Flanagan & Co. in Columbus, Georgia. Her problems began when her firm became the accountants for a rural, 40-bed hospital in Glenwood, Georgia known as Wheeler County Hospital. The hospital served the population of the 9th poorest county in Georgia.
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