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Walt Pavlo, Jr.
Co-Founder / President

Walt's vision is to educate and provide a solution for those facing a term in federal prison.  This required bringing together the best people in the business to share their best practices in helping people across the country.  In addition to Prisonology, Pavlo is a contributor to and The Program for Corporate Compliance at New York University's School Of Law.  He is the co-author of the book “Stolen Without A Gun,” which he co-wrote with Neil Weinberg (Bloomberg News) and he is also an adjunct professor at The Van Loan School at Endicott College where he teaches Ethics & Corporate Responsibility. For over 14 years, Pavlo has been a lecturer at over 100 universities, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, professional societies and major corporations speaking on white-collar crime and punishment. His perspectives have led to guest appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, ABC News and the Today Show. Pavlo holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from Mercer University.



Jack Donson
Co-Founder Vice President

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Jack is responsible for the quality content and consulting services provided by Prisonology.  He retired after a twenty-three year career and numerous national recognitions with the Bureau of Prisons where he held the positions of Correctional Treatment Specialist and Case Management Coordinator. Jack also held temporary assignments in the Philadelphia Regional Office and New York City Community Corrections Office. He participated in national policy writing workgroups and audited facilities throughout the Northeast United States as institution resources staff with the D.C. Central Office Program Review Division. He is on the Corrections Committees for the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. As an advocate for prison reform, Donson is a Director of Programs for the non-profit organization FedCURE, working on issues of Collateral Consequences, Re-Entry, Sentencing Reform and Prison Reform. He teaches Criminal Justice at Marywood University. Donson’s perspectives have been quoted in Forbes, Bloomberg News and CNBC. Donson holds a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice.



Joseph Miraglia, Sr.

Expert - Correctional Supervisor Federal Bureau of Prisons (Retired)

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Experts like Joseph provide deep insights into the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Retiring in 2015 after 31 years of distinguished service, Miraglia last held the position of Correctional Supervisor of over 150 staff members and served as a BOP representative conducting program review audits of a number of institutions.  Based on his history of monitoring gangs within the BOP, Maraglia was selected to be assistant coordinator in creating the first Transitional Housing Unit for gang members who wanted a safe environment to drop out of gangs.

Miraglia has served in both mens and women institution and has a thorough understanding of the issues facing each of those inmate types.  In his capacity as a corrections officer, he was awarded for his actions in saving an inmate's life in an attempted suicide.

As with our other experts, Miraglia has worked with attorneys as an expert witness on various issues within the BOP, but specifically deals with issues concerning corrections measures and gang activity.

Scott Long
U.S. Probation Officer (Retired) 

Scott retired in 2014 from U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York as a Supervisory Federal Probation Officer after 17 years of service. Prior to that he worked as a Case Manager for the Bureau of Prisons. The expertise he brings to Prisonology is focused on the areas of Supervised Release and alternatives to incarceration. Long holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Pennsylvania - Bloomsburg.



Sara Rizor Black
U.S. Probation Officer (Retired)

Sara has more than two decades of prior experience working for Jail Psychiatric Services and as a United States Probation Officer in the Northern District of California. Black spent the latter part of her career conducting presentence investigations and writing presentence reports. She is also fluent in Spanish. She is a former Sentencing Guidelines specialist with broad experience with white collar and organized crime. and acts as Prisonology’s Sentencing Mitigation Specialist , Sara’s role will be to provide a defense-based factual analysis of the Sentencing Guidelines and any relevant 18 U.S.C. Section 3553(a) factors, in order to minimize or eliminate any exposure to prison time and other collateral damage. Black has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a BA in Sociology/Spanish form University of California Santa Barbara.



Patricia Griffin, PhD
Bureau of Prisons - RDAP Program Coordinator (Retired)

Patricia Griffin, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in New York.  She recently retired from the Bureau of Prisons after a 21 year career.  In 1994, Dr. Griffin became a Psychologist at FCI Otisville until being promoted to Drug Abuse Program Coordinator in 1998.  In that position, she determined eligibility for participation in the Residential Drug Abuse Program.  She regularly spoke to large and small groups of inmates on varied topics in order to promote both successful prison adjustment and successful re-entry into society.  She received her Bachelor's degree from New York University, a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from Montclair State College, and her Doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology.