Assisting Clients in Federal Criminal Matters
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.
Walt Pavlo – President
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.
Maureen Baird (Expert on BOP Policy, Programs, and Strategy)
Maureen has 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 writes 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.
Stephanie Forrest (Case Management, Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
Stephanie 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 a 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 reentry. 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.
Our other available experts include those with specialties in:
- BOP Central Office Policy
- Designation and Sentence Computation
- Disciplinary Infractions
- Post-Prison Supervision (US Probation)
- Release from Supervision
- Supervision Violations
- BOP Medical Care
Hugh J. Hurwitz – Senior Advisor (Policy, Legislative Affairs, Strategy)
Hugh came to Prisonology after a illustrious career with the BOP. In 2018, the Attorney General appointed Hugh 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.
Hugh is an adjunct professor at American University and has a JD from American University.
Prisonology’s Team also includes experts in:
- Healthcare, Care Level Determination, Medical Designation Expert
- Medical Dr. - Senior Medical Expert
- Presentence Report, Defense Memorandums and Probation Experts
- Extradition and BOP Policy Expert
- Designation and Security Classification Expert
The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.