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Amy Ralston Povah


Amy Ralston Povah is an accomplished filmmaker, writer, speaker, and activist.  Her efforts have focused primarily on issues related to executive clemency, criminal justice reform, conspiracy laws, women in prison, and the drug war.  
Amy is a Clinton-era clemency recipient who served 9 years of a 24-year sentence for “conspiracy” in an MDMA case. After her release from prison, Amy commenced impactful work, such as:  founding the CAN-DO Foundation in 2004 to educate the public about the conspiracy law and to help victims of the conspiracy law seek “justice through clemency” focusing primarily on women.  She produced an award winning documentary about the drug war; organized White House vigils for the prisoners profiled on the CAN-DO website to coincide with President Obama's Clemency Project 2014 and attended a White House Clemency Summit.  Amy has spoken on panels about both the conspiracy law and clemency at Yale University, Vanderbilt University, Washington State University, New York University, Columbus School of Law, Georgetown and on Capitol Hill; authored Op Eds for new sources including the New York Times, Fusion, HuffPost, and The Hill.  Amy has worked with the press to garner exposure for numerous prisoners seeking clemency and been quoted in almost every major media publication, plus conducted numerous radio interviews and podcasts. She has also been featured in several documentaries, including Incarcerating US, released in 2016.   

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