Amy Povah, CAN-DO Foundation
CAN-DO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. Overly punitive drug laws create negative consequences that trigger a chain reaction upon innocent family members, friends and our society. Until our drug laws change, the only relief these people have for mercy, is a presidential pardon in the form of executive clemency.
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President Trump: Clemency for Federal Marijuana Prisoners
We believe President Trump’s next act of mercy should come swiftly for everyone serving federal time for marijuana drug cases. Not one person in the history of our nation has ever overdosed on marijuana. It’s impossible. And yet, we have people serving life without parole for a plant that is now legal for medicinal use in 30 states and legal for recreational use in 10 states, plus Washington DC. Technically, every Representative that holds a seat in our Nation’s Capital and the President of the United States can enjoy recreational use of pot if they so choose, while others rot in prison for federal conspiracy cases - including people who thought they were compliant with the laws of their state for medical marijuana.The CAN-DO Foundation has submitted a list of clemency candidates to the White House. One list was comprised solely of 22 people serving time for marijuana-only offenses. Most of these individuals have already served over 10 years and Antonio Bascaro has served 38 years for a first time pot offense! This is an outrage that must be corrected, posthaste. People should not serve time for pot while others are simultaneously profiting from the same activity without fear of any legal consequences. This injustice can be corrected through categorical clemency or amnesty for all pot offenders. During the course of my advocacy at the CAN-DO Foundation I have gotten into numerous arguments with people who do not believe there are people serving time for pot, much less life without parole. Therefore, I am including the names of the prisoners we submitted to the White House along with a link to their profile pages where there is usually a change.org petition you can also sign and share. Or you can go to the CAN-DO Pot Prisoner page and review most of the cases below. Michael Pelletier has served 12 years on LIFE without parole. He was a paraplegic at age 11 and his state of Maine legalized pot in 2016John Knock is a first offender and served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 70 Antonio Bascaro is a first offender served 38 yrs on 70 yr sentence - age 83 Longest serving pot prisoner in history of USCrystal Munoz has served 11 years on 19 years 10 months - age 38 with 2 young girls ages 10 and 11- Crystal delivered second daughter shackled to bedDiana Marquez is a first offender serving her 11th year on 30 year sentence for marijuana - age 62 Patricia Albright has served 3 years on 5 year sentence - age 66, prosecuted during the Obama administration for making cannabis oil Ricardo Rojas has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 75 and in a wheelchair. Pedro Moreno is a first offender who has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 - 4 of his brothers in the same conspiracy received clemency from President ObamaHector McGurk has served 15 years on LIFE without paroleCraig Cesal is a first offender and served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 Way Long is a first offender who has served 21 years of a 50 year sentence - age 57 - Native American Ismael Lira is a first offender served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 40 Aaron Sandusky is a first offender serving his 6th year on 10 years for medical marijuana in the state of CaliforniaAndy Cox is serving his 10th year on LIFE without parole and has the longest sentence in the nation for merely growing potFerrell Scott has served 10 years on LIFE without parole - age 55 Luke Scarmazzo has served 10 years on 21.8 years for medical marijuana Corvain Cooper has served 4 years on LIFE without paroleMichael Knight has served 10 years on 17 years 6 monthsJimmy Romans has served 8 years on a 30 year sentenceDonald Fugitt is a first offender serving his 5th year on a 17 year sentenceMichael Chancellor is a first offender serving his 5th year of a 15 year 8 month sentenceLance Gloor is a first offender who has served over 2 years on a 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of Washington Together we #CANDO this!
Reduce Sentences for Prisoners Fighting California Fires.
As fires ripped through Northern California burning down over 8,000 homes and other buildings, and killing over 40 people, 1,700 of those fighting fires on the front lines have been California state prisoners. In fact, 30% of California’s forest firefighters, nearly 4,000, are prisoners. While it’s a long standing practice for prisoners to work while incarcerated as a form of rehabilitation, we would be better served by rewarding prisoners who have demonstrated exceptional conduct in prison with a sentence reduction. I was a first time nonviolent drug offender who served 9 years of a 24 year sentence before President Clinton granted me clemency. I can think of no group that deserves a second chance more than those who, serving time for minor crimes, choose to risk their lives to save others by fighting fires. In February 2016, 22-year-old Shawna Lynn Jones, was killed when she was struck in the head by a falling rock while fighting fires in Malibu. She was serving time for violating probation for a drug offense and was scheduled to be released just two months later. Over the last year, at least two other prisoners have died while performing firefighting duty. One man was crushed by a tree, another accidentally cut a femoral artery with a chainsaw. Prisoners earn approximately $2 a day, or up to $1 an hour if fighting an active fire, through a program with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There are 43 conservation camps in California where adult offenders work. These prisoners are screened and anyone with violent tendencies or attitude problems is not allowed into the program. Around 30 to 40 percent work 24-hour shifts, then get 24 hours of rest. At most, prisoners can earn up to two days off for each day they’re in the conservation camps. This program is estimated to save the state $124 million a year, amounting to 3 million hours of labor to fight or prevent fires. We can do better for people who clearly pose no threat to society. Please sign my petition asking California Governor Jerry Brown to exercise his clemency privilege toward prisoners who have risked life and limb to save the homes and lives of countless California citizens, animals, and hundreds of thousand of acres of forestry. Thank you, Amy PovahCAN-DO Foundation