About jackatie

I've been helping people incarcerated in Feeral Prison for the past 30 years. I retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in 2011, after a 23 year career in case management related capacities. I was fortunate enough to work in the trenches of the system directly with diverse populations including Minimum, Low, Medium, High, Administrative and Witness Security cases. I held assignments in the Philadelphia Regional Office and the New York City Community Corrections Office. I participated in national policy writing workgroups and audited facilities throughout the Northeast United States as institution resources staff with the D.C. Central Office Program Review Division. I received dozens of awards during my tenure, three of which involved national recognition. Prior to my Federal Service, I worked in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Probation/Parole Officer and served our country for 8 years as a Military Policeman in the Army. Upon my retirement, I founded My Federal Prison Consultant, LLC and provide consulting services to law firms and offenders throughout the United States. I am passionate about Federal prison Reform and serve on the Corrections Committees for the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have testified on Capital Hill on prison reform and I am the sub-chair of an ABA Committee on federal correctional issues. I am the Director of Programs and Case management Services for the non-profit organization FedCURE, and Executive Director of Out4Good developing the “Correcting Corrections in America” initiative. I teach Criminal Justice at Marywood University as a Lecturer. My latest venture is a Collaboration with Walt Pavlo under the "Prisonology" Brand. We are excited to have assembled a collation of people who have served time along side people who have worked in the trenches of the system. We have trained Federal Defenders, CJA Panel and even Federal Judges throughout the country on federal prison issues. I have been quoted in Forbes.com , Bloomberg News and CNBC and have appeared on television and radio. I hold a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. You can be assured that no one has a better pulse on the policy, culture and nuances of the Federal Prison System.

The Definition of Insanity!

  As chaos and criminality plague the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the highest levels of management, only a politician could come up with the idea of building the fourth federal prison in a remote area in eastern Kentucky. Let us not forget that the federal prison population has decreased by over 60, 000 people [...]

By |2022-12-29T09:08:39-04:00December 29th, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, First Step Act|Comments Off on The Definition of Insanity!

Legislative Dysfunction at its Finest (Omnibus Bill)- Where’s the Equal Act parity?

VENTING.......... Aside from the typos and misinformation, this Omnibus is really a joke from a prison perspective! The Below information is a cut and pasted from Senate.gov and very unprofessional.  First issue I see,  “OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL The agreement includes $139,000.000 for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and includes $4,000,000 for OIG to [...]

By |2022-12-20T19:24:41-04:00December 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Legislative Dysfunction at its Finest (Omnibus Bill)- Where’s the Equal Act parity?

Two blogs is better than one -First Step Act Credits and a Bulger analysis

I've been working directly with federal prisoners for thirty-five years, twenty-three with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in classification and programs. It's hard to astound me on prison issues but reading the DOJ-IG Report on the Whitey Bulger Murder was the most non-adherence to policy and I honestly feel the BOP was complicit in the [...]

By |2022-12-08T19:38:17-04:00December 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Two blogs is better than one -First Step Act Credits and a Bulger analysis

A FEW EASY STEPS TO REFORM THE BOP OVERNIGHT

While the title of this article sounds unrealistic, most of it is simply unchallengeable. I have often remarked how the BOP is a quasi-militaristic organization susceptible to rather quick change via the chain of command. While the formal guidance to broaden existing policy application is needed via changes notices, operations memoranda and policy updates, the [...]

By |2022-11-01T11:07:27-04:00November 1st, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, First Step Act|Comments Off on A FEW EASY STEPS TO REFORM THE BOP OVERNIGHT

A Brief Micro-FTC Issue

DISCLAIMER: Do not waste your time reading this unless you're up to the minute on the federal time credits issue.   In September, the IG released a report on BOP policy which emphasized one of my many rants over the past several years regarding the agency’s ineptitude to update policy and issue formal “Change Notices” [...]

By |2022-10-26T12:26:08-04:00October 26th, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, First Step Act|Comments Off on A Brief Micro-FTC Issue

FIRST STEP ACT- FTC CONFUSION INSIDE THE FENCES

  The quiet on the Federal Time Credits (FTC) front ended just over a week ago when newly appointed Director Peters appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. During her appearance she indicated the computer system integration to calculate FTC was finally implemented. This statement was a surprise for even the staff I spoke to inside [...]

By |2022-10-14T14:52:45-04:00October 14th, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, First Step Act, Uncategorized|Comments Off on FIRST STEP ACT- FTC CONFUSION INSIDE THE FENCES

A Deeper Dive into Federal Prison oversight!

Last week, Senator Jon Ossoff entered a major bi-partisan bill to overhaul federal prison oversight after a 10-month long investigation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It seemed like the ending to a perfect storm of prison reform measures beginning with the final implementation of the First Step Act, removal of the former federal prison [...]

By |2022-10-12T19:05:41-04:00October 12th, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, First Step Act|Comments Off on A Deeper Dive into Federal Prison oversight!

The Never Ending Saga of The First Step Act, Federal Time Credits and some miscellaneous rants………

I have written a monthly blog for the Sentencing Partners Newsletter for the past two years and thought I'd start to post them to my blog. Below are the past few articles including some hot off the press info I just received from inside. Enjoy.......  Federal Time Credits-Down Memory Lane A few months back, I [...]

By |2022-09-09T09:28:36-04:00September 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Never Ending Saga of The First Step Act, Federal Time Credits and some miscellaneous rants………

More First Step Act Nonsense

The BOP implementation of the FSA has come under criticism from the beginning but there is a great deal of blame to go around aside from the BOP which includes the DOJ, Independent Review Committee and the legislators who are the most culpable. While many things within the beltway are ill conceived, the FSA is [...]

By |2022-06-02T10:20:31-04:00June 2nd, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on More First Step Act Nonsense
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