Go Figure! (It’s about time BOP corruption and incompetence is addressed externally)

My rants are usually triggered from media stories written as if the subject matter is some profound eureka moment  on an issue BOP insiders have lamented for decades. Enter the AP story from November 14, “ Workers at federal prisons are committing some of the crimes”. Workers at federal prisons are committing some of the [...]

By |2021-11-16T18:28:17-04:00November 16th, 2021|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on Go Figure! (It’s about time BOP corruption and incompetence is addressed externally)

Theatre & exploitation when it is all about the treatment

I started to write this rant in late May but never finished my thoughts as they became a bit too judgmental as well as complicated encompassing two different reform themes. I set it aside until another trigger (i.e.: idiocy) would force it to the surface. Yesterday I was reading an article about the Biden administration’s [...]

By |2021-07-22T08:05:18-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on Theatre & exploitation when it is all about the treatment

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)

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!

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

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)

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

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”!!

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 |2017-01-30T23:08:27-04:00July 30th, 2016|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on Who do I pay for early release? (When it sounds too good to be true; it is!)

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 |2016-05-02T12:50:55-04:00April 29th, 2016|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on Its all about the back end!
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