Supporting Attorneys, Families and the Federal Justice Community to obtain Better Outcomes
Unfortunately, Lady Justice is not blind in our federal justice system today. While this picture is aesthetically appealing and symbolic; I view it as sarcasm. Anyone who gets caught up in the federal justice system quickly comes to the realization how unfair the system is to a defendant.
My goal is to assist people and their legal teams early in the process to support them on the many issues which can be proactively managed and seldom thought about until after sentencing. As a trusted part of the legal team, I bring three plus decades of federal prison experience and impeccable credentials to the table. The below unsolicited testimonials from attorneys, judges, and families speak volumes about my skill set.
Jack is a nationally recognized BOP policy expert and advocate with a passion forFederal Prison reform. He brings over three decades experience to the private sector and has testified and trained justice professionals throughout the United States. The testimonials speak for themselves…
WHAT I DO
I evaluate, educate & interpret data to obtain the best outcome for justice involved individuals, attorneys, policy makers, educators and the media. I am not a profiteer chasing clients by direct marketing and empty promises. My focus is to accomplish realistic goals for clients and support people in their time of crisis.
WHY I DO IT
I became involved with Federal Prison education and advocacy after witnessing the predatory natureof prison consulting for decades while working in the trenches of the Federal Prison system. False expectations and misinformation damage families but there are practical, attainable solutions once realistic goals are defined.
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“We just won Mr.XXXX release at yesterday’s hearing. Your affidavit was certainly persuasive in convincing the government to concede in the case, leaving the judge with no choice but to grant the IRAA. Thank you for your work on the case!” (June 6, 2023)
Staff Attorney • Special Litigation Division, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Mr. XXXX received no prison time (technically, time-served, given he was initially arrested and put into the local ADC before released on bond) whichwe all agree was the appropriate outcome, with four years of probation. Thanks again for all of your help with the case and we definitely will be in touch for future cases! (December 13, 2022)
“…I wanted to make sure you had the good news that the judge in our case granted our motion for compassionate release this afternoon. XXXX will be coming home after 30 years this weekend. I wanted to convey my heartfelt thanks for all your help, advice and generosity throughout this process. I learned so much from you and could not have wound my way to winning this without you.” (January 14, 2021)
“I can’t thank you enough for the time you spent with our court yesterday. I learned a ton and I think everyone present did, too. You opened our eyes to important issues that affect service of criminal sentences. I would very much like to get you back to Connecticut for a more formal (and larger) session with the Federal Defenders, CJA lawyers, US Attorney’s Office, all of Probation, and whatever judges/clerks are interested. I think everyone would benefit from your expertise.“
Federal Judge • D/CT
“We just won this CR, once again in no small part due to your excellent affidavit. Thank you!”
Supervising Attorney • DC
“In 1984 I joined the ACA and have before then and after visited many scores of prisons and talked with untold COs and administrators. You are in a class by yourself. Ideally, FBOP would self-correct internally. But that isn’t happening. The forces to retain a venomous status quo are smug and not to be trifled with. You write with clarity, authority, and passion.Just a few people like yourself can catalyze change, making prisons more rehabilitative in the Western Europe or Asian models. That’s my goal too.”
Professor • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
“…the prosecutor called to tell me that the government’s recommendation for the client will be 36 months incarceration – a below-guideline recommendation that required approval from the DOJ national security division in DC. He said that were it not for the materials we have submitted, in particular the information about how difficult prison would be for the client, he would have been inclined to recommend 63 months.“
Private Attorney • Final Outcome was PROBATION!
“… the court was complimentary of the testimony and referenced it numerous times in his sentencing analysis. I’m sure that without your assistance, the client would have received a much greater sentence.”
“Thank you for your response, Jack. In one email you just cleared up three years of confusion. Much appreciated. Thanks again and I’ll be in touch down the road.”
“…we just completed two days of videotaping inside a federal prison camp. It still seems amazing to say those words, but yes, inside a federal prison – and thanks largely to you. You gave us the playbook and supplied us with the institutional knowledge we needed in order to make sure that we conveyed our request in the most effective and convincing way possible. And it worked – astounding.”
Producer • CNBC
“When I have a client who has already retained me on another matter, and who has an issue like the one you have arise, I reach out to Jack Donson, who is possibly the only legitimate prison consultant in the country. He was on staff with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for over two decades…He will steer youright.”
Private Attorney • TX
“Thank you for the follow up, and more, your time. Sitting down with you was very valuable to me, as I continue to assess the BOP overall, and then start “knocking down targets.”
Former Director • BOP
“… YOU played a HUGE part in me turning everything around…because when you helped me correct my sentence, it gave me motivation that I never would have found otherwise and has played such a huge role in the inner shift that has happened with me since. So for that, I thank you again… I am not the type of person who lets time erase what someone amazing has done for me and my mom can tell you as well that you were, and still are, atrue Godsend in our eyes.”
“ We accomplished our goals and you did a great job of educating the judge. We got a nice compliment from the PSR writer this afternoon. She said she has been to many trainings on the BOP and she learned more this morning in the testimony than she had in many of her prior BOP sessions combined. Again, thank you.”
Federal Defender • TN
“Your help was invaluable. I believe what the court found most compelling was that the client would not get appropriate care in prison. The judge specially cited your reference to the crisis of care in the BOP and said she know of defendants who received poor care despite the BOP saying they could take care of that person. It was a pleasure working with you and I am grateful for your recommendation.”
Private Attorney • NY
“I wanted to personally thank you for all your help in getting me HOME! It has been unbelievable to be with my family again! I have been home a month and it feels like shorter and longer all at the same time! Again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!” (Regarding CARES ACT Assistance)
“Since we last spoke, we won Mr. XXXXX’s release back home into his community. Your report was a significant part of that with the Judge quoting parts of your report in her oral decision.”
E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow • Georgetown University
Consulting begins here, not after sentencing. It’s critical to engage shortly before or immediately after a plea. This allows issues to be proactively managed, to avoid “putting out fires” later.
A Vast, diverse network of members of the federal justice community accumulated over 3 decades in the industry. Active committee Member of ABA Criminal Justice Section & NACDL.
NO SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Beware of unrealistic promises. Most issues are the sole discretion of the BOP. If your goal can’t be accomplished, I’ll give you sound advice, and save you money & exploitation. If it sounds too good to be true, it is!
My stellar reputation while in government has only been magnified by my networks within the private sector. Credibility and effectiveness is not cultivated by living in a correctional environment or being a high level administrative BOP ” yes man”!
QUESTIONS ABOUT A FEDERAL PRISON ISSUE? ASK JACK TODAY