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A prison consultant provides newly convicted criminals with advice on how to cope and survive in the unfamiliar surroundings of prison. Prison consultants may also provide a client's attorney with advice on how to lobby the sentencing judge for a shorter sentence, and how to get a client sentenced to a lower security level prison (the higher a prison's security level, the more violent and dangerous). They may advise white-collar and celebrity criminals, high-level drug dealers and disgraced politicians to help them navigate the society of prison and make the most of their stay.[1]


Becoming a prison consultant requires no formal training or certification, and no agency tracks those in the business. Certifications for prison consultants exist, but none are issued by an accredited entity. Most people who hold themselves out as prison consultants are ex-convicts who, by the nature of their background, are considered to be disreputable.[4] Most prison consultants are sole-practitioners, giving cause for further skepticism.[citation needed]

Despite skepticism, the industry is changing; what first was a service accessed only by the rich and famous, services are increasingly being accepted by middle-class convicts.[5] As the field of practitioners grows, consultants with non-traditional incarceration experience have entered the industry to offer services to those skeptical of solo-practitioners and convicts without verifiable success in custody, including undercover inmates and reality television celebrities from A&E Networks program 60 Days In.[6]

In general, consultants will advise prison-bound clients to keep a low profile and avoid offending other inmates. Offenses can include joining a conversation without an invitation, asking personal questions without a proper cue, and taking liberties with the television (most fights take place in the TV room).[7]

Consultants can help navigate early-release programs and will recommend entry into a drug or alcohol rehab program. Federal prison consultants often educate clients regarding the Residential Drug Abuse Program, a 500 hour program which can reduce a federal sentence up to 12 months.[8]

However, Steven Oberfest of The Prison Coach says Madoff enters prison at a disadvantage because the other prisoners know everything about him from the media, but he knows nothing about them. Oberfest calls Butner "a general, nasty, medium-security-type prison" and says Madoff needs to be careful of other inmates who might be paid by those he defrauded to intimidate or harm him.[9]Similarly, Larry Levine of Wall Street Prison Consultants expects that someone will make a payment to another inmate's family, a dining-hall distraction will be created, and Madoff will be stabbed.[10]

Hoelter says convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky "is in for a tough, tough ride". Unlike Madoff, who lives among his fellow prisoners, Sandusky will likely have to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement for his own safety. A similar high-profile child sex offender, John Geoghan, was targeted and murdered by a fellow inmate in 2003. Levine noted the significant dangers in prison for sex offenders.[11]

If you are charged with a federal crime, preparing to go to federal prison, or know someone currently incarcerated, we can help. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable federal criminal defense attorneys and prison consultants are standing by, ready to help.

Our experienced federal criminal defense attorneys and prison consultants are ready to assist you with all of your criminal defense, prison preparation, in prison, and reentry needs. Our experienced team can answer all of your questions, help you prepare for a term of federal incarceration, and solve problems as they arise.

The Law Offices of Grant Smaldone can also help you secure an early release from federal prison through First Step Act time credits and CARES Act home confinement. Contact us today for a one-hour initial consultation.

Allow our experienced federal prison consultants to answer all of your questions, walk you through what to expect, and help you create a game plan for how to get through a term of incarceration. We can help you develop an informational foundation to make informed decisions once you arrive in federal prison.

If you are already incarcerated, our federal prison consultants and criminal defense attorneys can assist you when problems present themselves. Whether you need an administrative remedy filed, more halfway house, disciplinary defense, or a compassionate release, we can handle everything for you.

I became involved with Federal Prison education and advocacy after witnessing the predatory nature of 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.

Mr. XXXXX received no prison time (technically, time-served, given he was initially arrested and put into the local ADC before released on bond) which we 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 am sure that some prison consultants will tell stories about prison for $50. Other prison consultants will bill some clients in excess of $20,000. A more important question than price would be how much value would I receive for the money that I invest with a prison consultant.

We are the prison professors. We passed through decades in prison and we emerged successfully. As our bios show, the market has validated us. Despite serving longer than a decade in prison, Shon Hopwood emerged to become a professor of law at Georgetown Law School. Michael Santos served 26 years in prison. Within three weeks of release, he was a staff professor at San Francisco State University. We lecture at universities across the United States, and we work every level of the system.

Welcome...Many prison inmates and their families need guidance and assistance in understanding the policies and procedures of correctional agencies. Additionally, appropriate contact with the prison or agency may result in the resolution of any problem the inmate may encounter during his incarceration. Based on my 40 years experience in corrections, from the level of Case Manager to Warden and Headquarters Administrator, I can provide expert advice and assistance in the areas listed below.

Unlike other consultants, there are not any charges for reviewing a case and giving an opinion. Only if the client wants me to work on his request is there a charge that is, based on my belief, much lower than other consultants with less experience and qualifications.

Weinstein could also be placed in general population or in a regional medical unit. There are four in New York State which are essentially prison cells in a facility with an adjacent medical unit. The 67-year-old has multiple health issues.

Our consultants, led by former Federal Inmates Holli Coulman & Larry Levine have been helping Female inmates and defendants for over a decade with early release eligibility so they can return to their families as quickly and safely as possible.

If you or someone you know was indicted and going to federal prison for a white-collar crime, our services can help you take advantage and qualify for the RDAP Substance Abuse Rehab Program, the First Step Act, the Second Chance Act or Compassionate Release, all which can drastically shorten the time you remain in Custody.

Are you facing the prospect of serving time in federal prison? Are you already serving a federal sentence? Either way, you have embarked on a personal journey that can be confusing, frightening, and intimidating. It doesn't have to be that way. With experienced and professional experts guiding you through the process, you can place yourself in a position to minimize the negative impact a prison term will have on your life.Regain control now and don't allow yourself to be just another nameless and faceless statistic in the vast federal bureaucracy. You can take charge of your life, and we can help.

Our expertise lies in helping you regain control of your life. We know how the system works, what you can do to mitigate the obstacles you will face, and how to position you for the best possible outcome, including early release from prison.

"Executive Prison Consultants did more for me than I ever thought possible. They helped me get things done that attorneys told me were not realistic. Thanks to EPC, I left prison months before my originally scheduled release date. The professionals at EPC get results!"

Upon release, I started Wall Street Prison Consultants. My prison consultant team now coaches clients surrendering into the BOP with prison survival guidance using the Fedtime 101 program, along with prison designation assistance, and helps defendants gain entry in the RDAP Early Release Program and assisting inmates Second Chance Act extra halfway house reentry center placement.

Yet there we were, the three of us, standing in front of Taft Correctional Institution, a minimum security federal prison camp, saying our final goodbyes as I prepared to self-surrender and begin my 18-month federal sentence for violating securities laws while working as a stockbroker at UBS, an international investment banking company.

Within a few hours of surrendering that morning in 2008, I went from being Justin Paperny to Inmate #44499-112. Reality hit as I was handcuffed, strip searched, fingerprinted, DNA sample tested, and photographed for a mugshot. The expensive running sneakers and watch I'd assumed I could keep were quickly confiscated and replaced by prison-issued slip-on sneakers, khakis, and t-shirts.

Michael changed my perspective on prison by teaching me not to buy into the myth that there's nothing I could do during my time in prison to advance myself and prepare for my release. He helped me understand that prisoners discount how much control they have and oftentimes focus solely on what they cannot control. Not enough federal prisoners use their time to self-reflect and analyze the motivations behind their choices. 041b061a72


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