WHAT SETS US APART

We are an expert network of retired federal corrections and probation professionals who now dedicate their experience to assist attorneys and defendants on BOP policy.  Our network includes former Bureau of Prisons  executives, wardens, medical professionals, case managers and Residential Drug Abuse Program coordinators.  We are experts on policy and how that policy is implemented.

The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association Conference In San Francisco was a Great Success and we had a Great Time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!

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ABOUT US

Prisonology, founded in 2014, provides consulting services on federal criminal justice matters as it relates to federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policy. Our unique approach of working within the policy of the BOP through interpretation provides a new strategy to help law firms and their clients.

Prisonology provides a comprehensive solution for those facing a term of incarceration in the BOP that focuses on the individual defendant and their family. Our experts, retired BOP professionals, have provided declarations and expert testimony.   We work with law schools, private attorneys, and federal public defenders on the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA) cases.

Maureen Baird

Maureen’s Bureau of Prisons (BOP) career spanned over 27 years where she started as a case manager and ultimately became a Warden and Senior Executive Service Warden at three federal prisons. She was responsible for the safety and well-being of thousands of male and female prisoners as well as policy responsibility, staffing procedures, inmate programs, investigations, and institutional discipline. She is a recognized expert on the BOP and its policies. Her declarations and testimony have been part of cases across numerous Federal Court Districts in the United States and part of U.S. extradition hearings internationally.  Maureen is an expert on Incarceration Reduction Act Amendment (IRAA) cases as well as compassionate release cases where she evaluates BOP records for presentation to the Court.

Stephanie Forrest 

Stephanie retired from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as a Case Manager / Residential Drug Treatment Specialist.  She has worked with federal offenders for over 20 years and worked for over 30 years in assessing the needs of persons related to addiction, social services, and the justice system.  In addition to working in the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment (RDAP) program at FCI Edgefield satellite camp, she also trained other BOP institutions on the program. She has expertise with 18 U.S.C. § 3621(e) Early Release process, most often associated with the RDAP programs. She managed a caseload of individuals as a Correctional Treatment Specialist. Stephanie was responsible for inmate counseling, security classification, program placement/evaluation, re-entry, and residential treatment.

Walt Pavlo

Walt is head of operations and strategy at Prisonology and a Forbes and New York University Law School contributor where he writes on criminal justice. Walt is a noted expert on complex white-collar litigation and a nationally recognized speaker on white-collar crime. He is co-author of Stolen Without A Gun with Neil Weinberg who is currently an investigative reporter with Bloomberg News. Walt has lectured at over 100 universities across the country since 2003,

About Us

The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association Conference In San Francisco was a Great Success and we had a Great Time!
The American Bar Association Conference in San Francisco was a Great Success and we had a Great Time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!
The American Bar Association conference in San Francisco was a great success and we had a great time!

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Prisonology, founded in 2014, provides consulting services on federal criminal justice matters as it relates to federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policy.

Our unique approach of working within the policy of the BOP through interpretation provides a new strategy to help law firms and their clients.
Prisonology provides a comprehensive solution for those facing a term of incarceration in the BOP that focuses on the individual defendant and their family.

Our experts, retired BOP professionals, have provided declarations and expert testimony.

We work with law schools, private attorneys, and federal public defenders on the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA) cases.

OUR EXPERTS

Walt Pavlo – President(Strategy, Media)

 Walt founded Prisonology as an expert firm to support attorneys and defendants in federal criminal matters. Prior to founding Prisonology, Walt was a nationally recognized speaker who lectured on white collar crime and complex litigation. His talks were a part of training for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, US Attorney’s Offices, Business Schools, Law Schools and Big-4 Accounting Firms. He co-authored the book “Stolen Without a Gun” with Neil Weinberg who is a senior reporter at Bloomberg News. Walt is a popular contributor to Forbes and New York University Law School where he writes on white collar crime and criminal justice. In addition, Walt and Maureen Baird write a column for the American Bar Associations Criminal Justice Magazine. Walt has an Engineering Degree from West Virginia University and an MBA from Mercer University.

 

Michael Harrison-Solution Specialist  (Strategy-Mitigation Expert)

 Michael is on the front line and a integral part of Prisonology. He provides an expertise in the most complex BOP matters. Michael quickly assesses our clients’ specific situations and formulates a clear cut and thorough plan to help favorably resolve the issues that our clients face. With his “outside the box” approach, strategies and utilizing his in-depth knowledge of BOP policy, Michael has successfully put together the teams that have given us results that are second to none.

Adam Meyer (Business-Media Consultant)

Meyer is one of Prisonology’s newest and most valuable additions. With his “refuse to lose” personality, Meyer puts together a financial plan you can afford, yet devises a strategy with our vast network that starts working on your case immediately. Meyer also works with the media to counter any negative publicity and isn’t afraid to “come out swinging”. Our hopes are to hear Mr. Meyer on podcasts and speaking at numerous events by early 2023.

Senior Advisor(Policy, Legislative Affairs, Strategy)

He came to Prisonology after a illustrious career with the BOP. In 2018, the Attorney General appointed him to serve as the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and he continued in that role until 2021. In this role he was responsible for leading the operation of one of the largest correctional systems in the world, including oversight of 122 prison facilities, 12 contract facilities, and over 200 residential reentry centers, with oversight and management of approximately 36,000 staff and approximately 177,000 inmates. After leaving the Acting Director position, he was named Assistant Director for the Administration Division and was the BOP’s Chief Financial Officer and senior procurement official. He retired in March 2021 from the BOP.In his role at the BOP, he developed policies, including having significant input on the First Step Act. He also briefed the Attorney General on BOP matters and also gave testimony to both Congress and Senate. He is an adjunct professor at American University and has a JD from American University.

Senior Expert(Expert on BOP Policy, Programs, Strategy)

She had over 28 years of experience with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Starting as a case manager,  she finished her career as a Warden. She was appointed Warden at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, and was later promoted to Warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City. There, she was appointed to Senior Executive Service by the United States Attorney General and within two years, she was transferred to a position of greater responsibility as the Warden of the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. As warden, she was responsible for the leadership and direction of 300 to 350 staff members and approximately 1,500 prisoners. During her tenure as warden for seven years, she was responsible for staff development and various specialized inmate housing units, including a high security management unit. She was also a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force and a member of various other federal, state, and local groups.  She has testified in district and state courts around the country providing insights into BOP policies and prisoner care. She has provided Expert Witness testimony at Sentencing Hearings for defendants who are facing a sentence of incarceration in the Federal System. She has prepared numerous Declarations for Attorneys within the U.S. and for Barristers/Solicitors in the United Kingdom, working on extradition cases. Maureen, along with Walt Pavlo, currently write for American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Magazine writing about prison issues. Maureen graduated from Western Connecticut State University – (Danbury, CT) with a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration.

Senior Advisor

(Healthcare, Care Level Determination, Medical Designation)

He leads our strategy group on BOP healthcare policy. During his 25 years with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), he was the associate warden at Federal Medical Center Lexington KY and warden at FCI Milan (Michigan). He held the position of Regional Health Services

Administrator where he was responsible for 18 institutions including the supermax in Florence CO and two medical centers with an annual budget of $116 million. Jason is not only an expert on BOP healthcare issues, he developed many of the policies and standards used by the BOP today. Jason understands BOP healthcare as much as anyone and he can provide a broad range of services to assist defense attorneys.

He has a Bachelor Degree in Health Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University.

Senior Expert

(Presentence Report, Defense Memorandums and Probation)

He retired in 2022 from US Probation where he had a meritorious 20 year career. He has written presentence reports based on interviews with family members, employers and defendants. His reports were critical to federal judges who structured their sentences based on his analysis and report. He supervised men and women released from prison and monitored their integration back into society. As a professional for Prisonology.  His skills are exceptional in preparing defendants for presentence investigation interviews with an eye on the future consequences of that interview.

He is an expert in preparing defendants for transition back into society and is an expert on registration requirements in local jurisdictions.

He has a Bachelor of Science Psychology, Criminal Justice minor Weber State University and a Master of Arts of Organizational Management (MAOM) University of Phoenix.

Expert

(Extradition and BOP Policy)

Her career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons spanned 22 years in various capacities, with her final positions as Associate Warden (AW) in two Federal Institutions that encompassed a variety of missions and programs. I am an experienced Executive in Correctional Management During her tenure as Associate Warden for seven years, she was responsible for staff development and various specialized inmate housing units, including a high security management unit which mainly housed international terrorists who were assigned maximum custody. At the Regional level I led staff through a mission change of U.S. Penitentiary Leavenworth from a Penitentiary to a Medium Security Facility. She also led staff through the mission change of FCI Duluth from a female facility to a male facility. She was a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force, and a member of various other federal, state, and local groups and was very active with joint training that involved local, state, and federal law enforcement entities. Laura graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a BS in Sociology / Criminology and also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration from Rutgers University.

Expert(Case Management, Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP))

He was a case manager for over 20 years in the Bureau of Prisons and a Residential Drug Treatment Specialist. She was the first staff member selected to establish and provide services for the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) at FCI Edgefield/Satellite Camp. She has special expertise with RDAP and 3641(e) early release such as determining eligibility and administering Biopsychosocial assessments. Stephanie has provided declarations in Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA) and Compassionate Release cases across the country. In her role as case manager, she developed and provided an inmate training program concentrating on employment skills and reentry. She worked closely with federal and state agencies to assist with a smooth transition of inmates into their communities and family re-entry. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. She also has an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Education (Community and Occupational Counseling) from the University of South Carolina.

Expert(Designation and Security Classification)

She worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for over 25 years. Her focus was on inmate sentence computations, designations, movement/transportation and housing of prisoners, monitoring data and reports, reviewing reports and various data for accuracy and specific information, compiling and reporting statistics/trends, troubleshooting discrepancies and professional preparation of written correspondence. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of various programs and policies that would shape the future of the Designation and Sentence Computation Center for the Bureau of Prisons. She provided training on e-Designate (E-DES) to BOP staff and guidance to the US Marshal service on the policies and procedures of the Bureau of Prisons. She is a subject matter expert in sentence computations, the designation of inmates in her courts of jurisdiction and oversaw all matters concerning juvenile offenders, military offenders and treaty transfer


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Since 2014, Prisonology has been providing consulting on federal criminal justice matters as it relates to federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policy.  Our unique approach of working within the policy of the BOP through interpretation of professionals who retired from the BOP, provides a new strategy to help law firms and the clients they defend.

The operations of Prisonology is headed by author and Forbes contributor, Walt Pavlo.  Pavlo is a noted expert on complex white-collar litigation and a nationally recognized speaker on white-collar crime.  He is co-author of Stolen Without A Gun with Neil Weinberg who is currently an investigative reporter with Bloomberg News. Pavlo has lectured at over 100 universities across the country since 2003.   He participated in new hire training for KPMG’s Audit training for the past 10 years.

Pavlo is a Journalist Fellow at Loyola Law School and a contributor to the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at New York University School of Law.  Pavlo and Maureen Baird, retired BOP Warden and an expert with Prisonology, are contributors to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Magazine.

Prisonology and its BOP professionals provide expert testimony, declarations, research, and training to law firms across the United States.  We are also proud to team with law school clinics at the University of Iowa, University of California – Irvine, University of Chicago, American University and Georgetown University.  We also work with U.S. congressional staff on interpreting BOP policies and providing our insight into legislative initiatives.

 

 

About Us

Since 2014, Prisonology has been providing consulting on federal criminal justice matters as it relates to federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policy.  Our unique approach of working within the policy of the BOP through interpretation of professionals who retired from the BOP, provides a new strategy to help law firms and the clients they defend.

 

The operations of Prisonology is headed by author and Forbes contributor, Walt Pavlo.  Pavlo, a noted expert on complex white collar litigation, white-collar crime and is a Fellow at Journalist Law School at Loyola Law School. He is co-author of Stolen Without A Gun with Neil Weinberg who is currently an investigative reporter with Bloomberg News. Pavlo has lectured at over 100 universities across the country since 2003 and has been a part for KPMG’s Audit training for new-hires for the past 10 years. His story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, CBS and NBC’s Today Show.  He has also been a part of FBI Agent training both at its headquarters in Quantico as well as numerous field training events.

 

Recently, Pavlo was an adjunct professor at Northeastern University and is a contributor to the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at New York University School.  Prisonology has combined with retired BOP Warden Maureen Baird to contribute to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Magazine.

 

Prisonology and its BOP professionals provide expert testimony, declarations, research, and training to law firms across the United States.  We are also proud to team with law school clinics at University of Iowa, University of California – Irvine, University of Chicago, American University and Georgetown University.  We also work with U.S. congressional staff on interpreting BOP policies and providing our insight into legislative initiatives.

 

 


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Our Vision

Prisonology is the premier network and resource for all Federal pre and post-conviction matters.

Our Mission

Serve our clients by providing the leading Federal Criminal consulting group for Attorneys and Defendants.

Core Values

Provide clear, transparent and fact-based strategies on Federal Bureau of Prisons policy..