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.
Started 2 petitions
President Biden: Clemency for Federal Marijuana Prisoners
The CAN-DO Foundation and Freedom Grow Forever is urging President Biden to free every prisoner serving federal time for marijuana drug cases. Not one person in the history of our nation has overdosed on marijuana. Cannabis has become a billion dollar legal industry, for some, 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, but were indicted and convicted in federal court because the federal government has yet to recognize that cannabis has any medicinal properties. Both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris indicated that marijuana prisoners should not remain incarcerated while on the campaign trail. That can easily be achieved with the stroke of the President's pen who can free all cannabis prisoners using his executive clemency power. Please sign our petition and help raise awareness to end the suffering of the following individuals who are currently incarcerated for cannabis. Countless people do not believe there are people serving time for pot, much less life without parole. Therefore, we have included the names of several cannabis prisoners (many are now free due to advocacy - see below) with a link to their profile pages so you can read their stories. Most have individual change.org petitions you can also access on their page, sign and share. Many volunteers give their time free of charge to help us compile the following list that is still growing. Pedro Moreno is a first offender who has served 23 years on LIFE without parole Donald Fugitt is a first offender serving his 8th year on a 17 year sentenceIsmael Lira is a first offender served 17 years on LIFE without parole Raquel Esquivel is 7 months pregnant and has served over 11 years on 15 year sentence for marijuana. She was out on CARES Act and Bureau of Prisons violated her because she allegedly missed one call so they put her in a county facility. Lance Gloor is a first offender who has served over 5 years on a 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of Washington Luke Scarmazzo has served 13 years on 21.8 years for medical marijuana Diana Marquez is on home confinement due to the CVID-19 pandemic but still needs clemency. She's a first offender who has served 14th year on 30 year sentence for marijuana Gabriel Gomez is serving a 30 year sentenceHector McGurk has served 16 years on LIFE without parole Anthony DeJohn is serving a LIFE sentence Edwin Rubis is serving a 40 year sentence Michael Woods is serving a LIFE sentence Raphael Hernandez-Carillo is serving a LIFE sentence Daniel Longoria is serving a 30 years Travis Longoria is serving 10 years James Maxwell #91900-020, Mohamed Taher #11646-055, Gaetan Dinelle #14494-052, Stephen L Baker #28914-009, Kevin Harden #10210-028, Aaron Pike #09175-056, Jason Gregg #17151-111, Charles Sindylek #25701-017, Sanford Johnson #25702-017, Thomas Anderson #41952-044, Maurice Anderson #94357-071, Derrell McDougal #15091-043, Samory Williams #21919-0212, Stacy Munford #155528-033, Richardo Ashmeade #34233-083, Roger Lee Clarke #34358-479, Demario Malone #10027-025, Allen Woods #44691-066, Jerome Woods #75358-066, Norris Jackson #89950-083, Hosea Harvey #70063-019, Terry Harris #69632-066, Joseph Akers #65108-066, Alan Womack #76192-066, Donyale Jerrell Holloway #20281-043, Gilbert Manning #32228-044, Maurice Capri Scott #47371-044, Norris Jackson #89950-083, Reginald Patterson #01136-112, Juan Montero #29907-480, Dannye McIntosh #05361-028, Kevin Lawrence #07291-043, Steven Davison #39251-479, Tony Lupian-Godines #83504-198, Kerry Lynn Collier #16347-078, James Devon Garrett #33257-045, Zachary Scott Nutt #32471-045, Nicolas Anders Glaholt #32470-045, Cray E. Williams #26991-045, Paul Carrell #24522-045, Derrick Taron White #51466-039, Alexander Santiesteban #98180-004, Uvaldo Luna #78848-179 Steven Baker #28914-009Ira Jackson#93260-020, Michael Pelletier - NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED! served over 15 years on LIFE without parole. He became a paraplegic at age 11 and his state of Maine legalized pot in 2016 Crystal Munoz - NOW FREE- CLEMENCY GRANTED! Eric McCauley - NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE! is a first offender who served 14 years of a 23 year sentenceRicardo Rojas - NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE served over 23 years on LIFE without parole - age 77 and in a wheelchair. John Knock- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED was a first offender who served over 23 years on LIFE without parole Craig Cesal- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED Ferrell Scott- CLEMENCY GRANTED was serving LIFE without parole Andy Cox- NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE Joseph Wolcott - NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE!!! was serving a 23 year sentence and has early stages of Alzheimers. Way Long- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED is a first offender who has served 21 years of a 50 year sentence - Native American Corvain Cooper- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTEDhas served 5 years on LIFE without paroleJimmy Romans- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED served over 10 years on a 30 year sentence Patricia Albright -NOW FREE - was serving 5 years for cannabis oil Aaron Sandusky - NOW FREE - FIRST STEP ACTwas first offender who served his 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of California Michael Knight is NOW FREE! For more information go to the CAN-DO Foundation pot prisoner page to read more about these cases. Go to Freedom Grow Forever to give a donation and 100% of the proceeds will go onto the commissary books of individual pot prisoners. We need YOUR help so we can continue to write their stories, create profile pages and assign penpals for every cannabis prisoner but more importantly to BRING THEM HOME!
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