The Forgotten (Another story in the never ending rants on Federal prison reform)

The Forgotten   I took a few days to process the list of names who received presidential  pardons and/or commutations. My wife is a clinical social worker and reminds me often how the brain resets and even solves problems while a person is asleep. I woke up last night thinking about the list and have [...]

By |2021-01-23T18:20:55-04:00January 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Forgotten (Another story in the never ending rants on Federal prison reform)

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

If I were King! (Covid-19)

With the CARES act being implemented on Friday, I want to make a few observations which I am not hearing about in the advocacy world. I’m also going to re-circulate several recommendations I made over a week ago which can simultaneously be done to alleviate crowding and allow for better social distancing in our federal [...]

By |2020-04-23T11:22:34-04:00April 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on If I were King! (Covid-19)

It’s the Leadership, Stupid!

As the Federal Bureau of Prison’s Director testified to Congress last Tuesday, reports started to circulate about the indictments of two correctional officers regarding the falsification of records regarding the Jeffrey Epstein suicide. On November 4, the BOP Director warned staff that falsifying documents is “very serious misconduct” that could expose staff to criminal prosecution. [...]

By |2019-11-25T14:08:30-04:00November 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on It’s the Leadership, Stupid!

Right Under Our Noses – Part 2

It’s been too long since I ranted on Federal prison reform but reading the March 26, 2018, letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer sparked unpleasant memories and inspired me to sit down to write this little ditty! Anyone who has followed my blogs understands my [...]

By |2018-03-31T00:51:06-04:00March 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Right Under Our Noses – Part 2

General Inch and the half full glass!

I have been reading many stories about the recent appointment of retired General Mark Inch as the new FBOP Director. Anyone who listens to my reform mantra knows I have been calling for an outside director for over a decade. The more common group think of advocates is to sound the alarm bells in a [...]

By |2017-08-26T16:38:01-04:00August 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on General Inch and the half full glass!

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 [...]

By |2017-06-27T13:55:04-04:00June 27th, 2017|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lessons learned

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 [...]

By |2017-04-24T15:38:33-04:00April 23rd, 2017|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Eureka – Outside the Box

Let’s have the DOJ re-create the wheel on Federal prison reform! “NOT”!!

I felt it was time for a 2017 blog and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates’s remarks at Harvard’s Law School were the catalyst to set me in motion. https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/deputy-attorney-general-sally-q-yates-delivers-remarks-harvard-law-school-sentencing-and My mantra has consistently been that many Federal prison reform initiatives can be accomplished under the existing policy framework through leadership, accountability and thinking outside the [...]

By |2017-01-27T13:35:53-04:00January 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Let’s have the DOJ re-create the wheel on Federal prison reform! “NOT”!!

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|Comments Off on Surprise, surprise. NOT!
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