JACK T. DONSON

Jack is a nationally recognized BOP policy expert and advocate with a passion for Federal Prison reform. He brings over three decades experience to the private sector and has testified and trained justice professionals throughout the United States. The testimonials speak for themselves…

WHAT I DO

I evaluate, educate & interpret data to obtain the best outcome for justice involved individuals, attorneys, policy makers, educators and the media.  I am not a profiteer chasing clients by direct marketing and empty promises.  My focus is to accomplish realistic goals for clients  and support people in their time of crisis.

WHY I DO IT

I became involved with  Federal Prison education and advocacy after witnessing the predatory nature of prison consulting for decades while working in the trenches of the Federal Prison system.  False expectations and misinformation damage families but there are practical, attainable solutions once realistic goals are defined.

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Mass Incarceration in the US

America's 40-year policy of mass incarceration is deeply unethical, not very effective, and promotes the security of the few at the expense of the many.

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Associated Press Interview

Jack comments on Jeffrey Epstein's longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell has been transferred to New York City to face charges she recruited women and girls for him to sexually abuse. (July 6, 2020)

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CNBC Prime Feature

Jack's feature for CNBC's White Collar Convicts: Life On The Inside Premieres. CNBC showcases on what Jack does as a consultant and why he’s an asset to his clients. (April 22, 2015)

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Issues Facing Someone Looking at A Federal Prison Term

Cofounders of Prisonology, Walt Pavlo and Jack Donson cover issues someone facing a Federal Prison term including misinformation on the internet, destination location questions, what comes after prison and more. (March 20, 2018)

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Presentence Investigation PSI

The Presentence Investigation (PSI) is the precursor to the final report that will follow an individual throughout his time in the Federal Correctional System, the PSR. It is here where errors or misinformation must be corrected before entered as fact. (April 16, 2016)

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Presentence Report PSR

The Presentence Report (PSR) is the single most important document for an individual serving time in the Federal Correctional System. It is known as the staff's "Bible" pertaining to an inmate, within the walls of an institution. What's in it is law, and it most important in seeing that these facts are correct from the very beginning. (April 16, 2016)

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Sentencing Day

Cofounders of Prisonology, Walt Pavlo and Jack Donson discuss the proceedings of sentencing hearings and who should be present with the client in the courtroom on that day. (April 16, 2016)

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Prison Designation

Federal Prison Designation is often misrepresented in the Prison Consulting world. Not many know the true nuances surrounding this process. Mistakes, or overlooked facts, can be the difference between serving your time close to your family and loved ones, or thousands of miles away from your home city. (April 16, 2016)

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Preparing for Federal Prison

Being prepared for a Federal Prison is crucial. Jack Donson sits down with Walt Pavlo, of Prisonology, to touch on this critical first step. (April 16, 2016)

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White Collar 101: Furloughs

Walt Pavlo and Jack Donson, cofounders of Prisonology, discuss furloughs including what they are, the different types and circumstances, the furlough process, furlough transfers, eiligilility and more. (April 1, 2015)

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“I can’t thank you enough for the time you spent with our court yesterday.  I learned a ton and I think everyone present did, too.  You opened our eyes to important issues that affect service of criminal sentences. I would very much like to get you back to Connecticut for a more formal (and larger) session with the Federal Defenders, CJA lawyers, US Attorney’s Office, all of Probation, and whatever judges/clerks are interested.  I think everyone would benefit from your expertise.

Federal Judge • D/CT

“In 1984 I joined the ACA and have before then and after visited many scores of prisons and talked with untold Cos and administrators. You are in a class by yourself. Ideally, FBOP would self-correct internally. But that isn’t happening. The forces to retain a venomous status quo are smug and not to be trifled with. You write with clarity, authority, and passion. Just a few people like yourself can catalyze change, making prisons more rehabilitative in the Western Europe or Asian models. That’s my goal too.”

Professor • John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“…the prosecutor called to tell me that the government’s recommendation for the client will be 36 months incarceration  – a below-guideline recommendation that required approval from the DOJ national security division in DC.  He said that were it not for the materials we have submitted, in particular the information about how difficult prison would be for the client, he would have been inclined to recommend 63 months.

Private Attorney • Final Outcome was PROBATION!

“… the court was complimentary of the testimony and referenced it numerous times in his sentencing analysis. I’m sure that without your assistance, the client would have received a much greater sentence.”

Federal Defender

“Thank you for your response, Jack. In one email you just cleared up three years of confusion. Much appreciated. Thanks again and I’ll be in touch down the road.”

Former Client

“…we just completed two days of videotaping inside a federal prison camp. It still seems amazing to say those words, but yes, inside a federal prison – and thanks largely to you. You gave us the playbook and supplied us with the institutional knowledge we needed in order to make sure that we conveyed our request in the most effective and convincing way possible. And it worked – astounding.”

Producer • CNBC

“When I have a client who has already retained me on another matter, and who has an issue like the one you have arise, I reach out to Jack Donson, who is possibly the only legitimate prison consultant in the country.  He was on staff with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for over two decades…He will steer you right.”

Private Attorney • TX

“Thank you for the follow up, and more, your time. Sitting down with you was very valuable to me, as I continue to assess the BOP overall, and then start “knocking down targets.”

Former Director • BOP

“… YOU played a HUGE part in me turning everything around…because when you helped me correct my sentence, it gave me motivation that I never would have found otherwise and has played such a huge role in the inner shift that has happened with me since.  So for that, I thank you again… I am not the type of person who lets time erase what someone amazing has done for me and my mom can tell you as well that you were, and still are, a true Godsend in our eyes.”

Former Client

“ We accomplished our goals and you did a great job of educating the judge. We got a nice compliment from the PSR writer this afternoon. She said she has been to many trainings on the BOP and she learned more this morning in the testimony than she had in many of her prior BOP sessions combined. Again, thank you.”

Federal Defender • TN

Your help was invaluable. I believe what the court found most compelling was that the client would not get appropriate care in prison. The judge specially cited your reference to the crisis of care in the BOP and said she know of defendants who received poor care despite the BOP saying they could take care of that person. It was a pleasure working with you and I am grateful for your recommendation.”

Private Attorney • NY

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A Pulse on the Federal Justice System like no other.

SERVICE AREAS

column2-image1Expert Witness Testimony

column1-image2Sentence Mitigation

column2-image1Attorney Support & Guidance

column2-image1Plea & Pre-Sentence Review

column2-image1First Step Act (FTC Time credits)

column2-image1PATTERN Risk Assessment

column1-image1Designation Issues

column1-image2Family Support & Guidance

column1-image3Prison Preparation

column1-image3Legislation & Reforms Support

column1-image5NGO Support on Advocacy Issues

column1-image6Supervised Release

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