Top 25 Women Deserving Clemency
By Amy Ralston Povah
Founder, CAN-DO Foundation
I was granted clemency on July 7, 2000. President Bill Clinton gifted me freedom after nine years and three months of a 24-year sentence for MDMA (ecstasy).
Give mom a (first) chance
South Dakota native LaVonne Roach, 50, a member of the Lakota Nation, has been recommended repeatedly to The Clemency Report as just the kind of gentle soul who deserves freedom from a 30-year meth sentence that makes no moral sense.
Those who know LaVonne talk of her kindness and intelligence as well as her spirited optimism and hard work while in prison for 17 years.
I wrote this story 22 years ago. It seems profoundly relevant, even today.
Attack on Deadheads is no hallucination
Band’s followers handed stiff LSD sentences
By DENNIS CAUCHON
October 17, 1992
David Chevrette was a young free-spirited hippie. His only possessions were his clothes, a dog and a 1970 Volkswagen bus painted with peace signs. For fun, he followed the Grateful Dead rock group on concert tours. read more…
A heartbroken daughter wants her dad back in time for her medical school graduation in 2016.
By Taylor Palmer
I am as old as my father’s time behind bars.
My father was arrested January 12, 1989. Seven days later, I was born.
Like many other men, mostly black, my father is serving an unjustly long life without parole sentence in federal prison for a non-violent crack offense.
But I don’t want to tell you about his case. I want to tell you about mine. read more…
Let’s send these people home
Weldon Angelos, 35, father, music entrepreneur, victim of “unjust, cruel and even irrational” 55-year sentenceNine years ago, Weldon Angelos, a 24-year-old rap music entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for three small-time marijuana sales. In a letter released today, 113 concerned citizens, including 60 former prosecutors, 17 former... read more
“We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The U.S. should release one million from prison.
Is it really that many -- one million?
The actual number is 1,606,535. Read why.
Why don't I hear about these people?
Prison silences. Imprisoned men and women are barely real to most free people. The Clemency Report aims to change that.
What can I do?
Tell the story of an affected loved one. Sign the petitions at change.org to show support for nonviolent drug offenders in prison.
Tell us about someone who deserves a shorter sentence.
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The 10 Historical Uses of Clemency
1) To correct hard cases.
2) To correct unduly severe sentences.
3) For mitigating circumstances.
4) For innocence or dubious guilt.
5) In death penalty cases.
6) For physical condition.
7) To restore civil rights.
8) To prevent deportations.
9) For political purposes or reasons of state.
10) To mitigate harm to children.
What We Do
The least we can do: The nation imprisons 2,280,400 people. The president and state governors should grant clemency each year to at least 1 of every 1,000 imprisoned people deserving of mercy. It is a "least we can do" standard.Our purpose is to restore clemency to its historical role as an everyday tool to improve justice, mercy, common sense and proportion to our imprisonment system.