Seven Steps to Humanity and the Holy Grail

The siren song for the transparency, accountability and oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has reached another fever pitch set off by a bit of transparency and attention during the pandemic.  Recently, Senators Jon Ossoff and Michael Braun launched a bi-partisan working focusing on the agency's implosion which compliments the efforts of "The [...]

By |2022-03-01T09:45:17-04:00March 1st, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on Seven Steps to Humanity and the Holy Grail

The Algorithm Blues

What a difference a month makes      There have been many developments since the BOP issued the final rule regarding the First Step Act, Federal Time Credits (FTC). Shortly after last month’s article, I began getting feedback from across the country about conflicting information from BOP staff and the incarcerated about the awarding of [...]

By |2022-02-01T08:53:47-04:00February 1st, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on The Algorithm Blues

FSA/FTC (My humble opinion & sarcasm from analysis of the final rule)

I had a chance to dissect the Rule released yesterday and a have a few comments about what caught my eye from a BOP correctional treatment perspective. While the final rule is a lot broader in application and liberal as far as the actual awards of FTC, let us not be dancing on the tables [...]

By |2022-02-01T09:50:01-04:00January 14th, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on FSA/FTC (My humble opinion & sarcasm from analysis of the final rule)

Federal Good Time Credits ( SH#@s Getting Real)

Federal Time Credits (FTC) Questions I have for the DOJ/BOP: Are people only being awarded for completing an evidenced based recidivism reduction program (EBRRP) IF a “need” was identified and keyed into that area on the computerized assessment? Are people awarded the FTC if their crime of conviction is NOT on the list of the [...]

By |2022-01-27T23:57:55-04:00January 13th, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on Federal Good Time Credits ( SH#@s Getting Real)

THE FTC/FSA SAGA IS COMING TO A HEAD

I wanted to get this out in the metaverse because it is either profound or a profound snafu by the BOP. As everyone waited for the Federal Time Credits (FTC) Rules (see attached) to be published in less than two weeks, BOP facilities began putting talking points on the unit bulletin boards which is a [...]

By |2022-01-24T14:25:48-04:00January 5th, 2022|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on THE FTC/FSA SAGA IS COMING TO A HEAD

It’s only the low hanging fruit!

This is going to be a short, spontaneous rant with the catalyst being the newly announced DOJ- AG interpretation regarding the CARES ACT! Surprise, surprise; PEOPLE are not coming back to prison. For the few of you who follow my rants, I am on record in the early part of Covid clearly indicating the CARES [...]

By |2021-12-22T11:59:39-04:00December 22nd, 2021|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on It’s only the low hanging fruit!

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

An old idea with a short, subdued rant at the end…….

An Urban Pilot Comprehensive Training  & Treatment Center (CTTC)   The Comprehensive Sanction Center is a concept developed in the 1990’s. It is a correctional treatment center which broadens the traditional “Residential Re-entry Center” (Halfway House) model.  As the word comprehensive suggests; it is multifaceted and includes both residential and non-residential participants addressing the individual’s [...]

By |2021-02-26T14:52:48-04:00February 26th, 2021|Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Comments Off on An old idea with a short, subdued rant at the end…….

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)
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