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+00:00October 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+00:00March 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+00:00November 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+00:00August 18th, 2016|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who do I pay for early release? (When it sounds too good to be true; it is!)

I wrote this blog at the request of Jeff Grant over at Prisonist.org. I thought I would re-post it on my site because I’m seeing more and more people getting into the consulting arena and it’s not just the white collar people who fall prey to consultants. The bottom line is beware when someone directly [...]

By |2017-01-30T23:08:27+00:00July 30th, 2016|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments

Its all about the back end!

Unlike the push from organizations like FAMM who place a greater emphasis on “Front End reforms”, my reform mantra focuses on getting people in the community sooner. Aside from helping individuals, I try to educate professionals on the prison system and how meaningful prison reform can be accomplished within the existing Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) [...]

By |2016-05-02T12:50:55+00:00April 29th, 2016|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments

No reform for Christmas

As we wind down the year, I am posting my March Testimony in DC before the Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections. As I reflect on the hype from the pundits, money thrown at the Beltway Lobbyists and NGO Mafia by naïve Billionaires; I can only hope the reform movers and shakers will soon realize many [...]

By |2015-12-19T13:31:32+00:00December 19th, 2015|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|0 Comments
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