Déjà vu all over again?

I have tracked the various criminal justice reform bills for decades from a unique perspective inside the federal prison system. Each time, it’s the same old song and dance. First come the press releases; then rumors run rampant with the prison population while NGOs and politicians raise money for all the "wonderful work" they are [...]

By |2018-11-15T22:12:28-04:00November 15th, 2018|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments

Dear Mr. Kushner

It appears the recent rumblings within the political landscape of justice reform have led to a potential compromise bill in the Senate looming for September. I’ve watched various reform bills since the 1980’s and can honestly say this is the first bill even remotely close to passage. I’d like to thank you for your efforts [...]

By |2018-08-21T19:36:48-04:00August 21st, 2018|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments

Right under our noses

Last week I attended the Smart on Crime Innovations Conference at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. While it was an informative experience of advocates preaching to the choir, I couldn’t help but feel like the movie Groundhog Day. The mantra of academia and the right left coalitions are the same while only the [...]

By |2017-10-19T14:32:52-04:00October 19th, 2017|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments

Lessons learned

I recently came to the realization the best way to take this blog was to periodically cover the lessons learned during my work in the trenches of the Federal justice system as an advocate, consultant and reform freak. Going forward, I will focus on prison and legislative reforms while keeping an eye on what I [...]

Eureka – Outside the Box

Last week, I was invited by Kevin Ring to participate on a panel in the Capitol Building regarding the subject of "Compassionate Release". FAMM was previewing a new video called "5 to Life" highlighting the many frustrations families feel while trying to navigate the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a terminally ill family member.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z929XbFeoCw&feature=youtu.be [...]

Just what we need! Another national crime commission. NOT

Once again, another "bi-partisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill last week to create a "National Criminal Justice Commission" to review every aspect of the nation's justice system from policing to prisons.  It's my opinion the national justice reform movement has become just as dysfunctional as our political system. It is time to stop the studies, blue ribbon [...]

By |2017-03-18T15:15:59-04:00March 18th, 2017|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments

The sky is not falling and the glass just might be half full!

I consider myself a passionate prison reformer from outside the beltway. I’m not an academic or lawyer; just someone who worked for decades in the trenches of the Federal prison system. I feel I have a pulse on the agency with insights regarding prison policy, nuances and organizational culture. My bottom line is there can be many [...]

By |2016-11-15T18:48:43-04:00November 15th, 2016|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments

Surprise, surprise. NOT!

Terminating private prison contracts should not come as a surprise to anyone. It is simply “The Perfect Storm” of events. First, The advocacy world understands future trends were already pivoting away from mass incarceration. It actually started at the state level and the Feds are simply late to the table.  For many years we have been hearing about the [...]

By |2016-08-18T20:27:27-04:00August 18th, 2016|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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