PATTERN- The First Step backwards!

I only blog when something inspires me to go on a rant for a Federal justice related issue. I have a pulse on the Federal prison system and like to document my thoughts for an  “I told you so moment” when these inspirations occur. So here we go….. Several of my previous rants were focused [...]

By |2020-10-28T23:00:06-04:00October 28th, 2020|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on PATTERN- The First Step backwards!

Violence, Politics & The NGO Mafia

As I launched my new website last week, I wanted to write a new blog which is a bit controversial but fashionable none the less. This month marks nine years that I’ve been retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and thirty three years working with incarcerated people. Yes people! I’ve written about the topic [...]

By |2020-07-21T19:09:28-04:00July 21st, 2020|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, Governments|Comments Off on Violence, Politics & The NGO Mafia

Covid-19 Mini-prison rant

With the decision in the Northern District of Ohio yesterday, it appears the BOP is in freefall. I’ve written about the root causes of inferior BOP leadership for many years as well as the agency’s lack of transparency and accountability. While the BOP needs to own their “shoot, ready, aim” shenanigans, let us not forget [...]

By |2020-10-28T15:31:22-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Covid-19 Mini-prison rant

First Step Act-Only for the correctional cerebral!

It’s been far too long since I wrote a blog so giddy up! The catalyst for my rants is usually media driven so the DOJ presser about the First Step Act (FSA) from last Friday did the trick! Actually; that, in combination with many stories from various outlets simply led me to a blog long [...]

By |2019-07-23T20:12:52-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on First Step Act-Only for the correctional cerebral!

What have we become?

The gloves slightly come off ;) It’s been too long since I wrote a blog so I’ll get busy with a topic advocates and politicians continue to dance on the tables over. I never even got on the table after the First Step Act was signed into law because it is ill conceived, poorly written, [...]

By |2019-04-12T18:18:48-04:00April 12th, 2019|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on What have we become?

It’s been a while!

I've been remiss in posting at this location so thought I'd get out a few points while I had some down time in this 6 degree weather! I'll keep to the flavor of the month by making a few observation of the seriously flawed Fist Step Act. I say flawed mainly from a prison perspective [...]

By |2019-03-05T15:24:11-04:00March 5th, 2019|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on It’s been a while!

The Lone Wolf speaks

I recently testified in a sentencing and the prosecutor asked me if I was a "Lone Wolf"? Apparently he read one of my blogs looking for dirt and that's about all he could come up with.  I answered, "absolutely" when it comes to Criminal Justice form. I perpetually hang my head in shame when I [...]

By |2018-11-20T15:33:57-04:00November 20th, 2018|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on The Lone Wolf speaks

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|Comments Off on Déjà vu all over again?

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|Comments Off on Dear Mr. Kushner

Time to rant (Only for serious reformers)

I  always wonder who writes these crime bills and the First Step Act (FSA) is no different.  After reading the flavor of the week, I just need to remind myself there is no reason to get upset because it's just more beltway dysfunction. While the FSA is actually worse than most of the recent legislation, [...]

By |2018-07-04T15:25:38-04:00May 21st, 2018|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on Time to rant (Only for serious reformers)
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