The Board of Advisors has well over 400 years of combined experience in all aspects of the criminal justice system. Our advisory team operates so that each case, no matter the division, has extremely skilled professionals lending their knowledge and expertise to our clients, advocating on their behalf. Our dedicated team of professionals includes our staff attorney, paralegals, advocates, mitigation specialists and even a few people who have served a term of incarceration in a Federal or State prison. We are the only company of its kind and our roots go back to 1985.
Edward Scott Bales,
Founder of Justice Solutions of America, Inc. and its divisions. Mr. Bales is one of the pioneers of the Federal & State Prison Consulting and Advocacy Industry and has earned the following:
- Adjudicated Federal Prison Expert in US District Court and US Circuit Court
- Approved Federal Prison Expert under the Federal CJA (Criminal Justice Act)
- Approved Federal Prison and Sentencing Expert for the FDA (Federal Defender's Association)
- Chosen as the NBC Special Prison Policy Advisor to the Staff of "The Today Show"
- Chosen as the Federal Prison Advisor to Internationally Renowned Fictional Writer, Susan Swan
Mr. Bales has been internationally recognized for well over two decades. He has been a special consultant to hosts of NBC's "The Today Show" and has interviewed with NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, The Today Show, Comcast Morning Show, Bloomberg News, The Glenn Beck Show and more. He has been quoted in the New York Times, New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, MLex International Magazine, People & Wired Magazines and others, as well as an uncountable number of radio talk shows, books and many other International, National and Local Media Outlets over the past two decades.
Melvina Kemp, Esq. is General Counsel and Staff Attorney for Justice Solutions of America, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia (2007 A.B. Political Science) and Florida Coastal School of Law (2012 J.D. Law). Melvina Kemp is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, the oldest of twelve children. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association and has practiced law in the areas of Criminal, Family, Immigration and Tax Law.
Ms. Gardner assists in high-profile case strategies within all of our divisions. She is Co-Founder and former Chief Consultant of Federal Prison Consultants, our flagship division. Cindy has been zealously advocating for federal and state defendants and inmates for over 20 years.
Rebecca Tamez joins Justice Solutions of America, Inc. following a 32 year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Becky’s career put her at the forefront of emerging BOP policy and practice. In the area of sentence computation and designation she created, developed and implemented new policies and procedures resulting in the establishment of the Designation and Sentence Computation Center in Grand Prairie, Texas where she served as its first Director. Following that assignment she was promoted to the position of Warden at FCI Ft. Worth where she concluded her career with the BOP. During her career Becky worked at eight (8) different facilities to include male and female facilities Becky brings her knowledge in the areas of sentence computations and designations as well as institution administration to the clients of Justice Solutions of America and its divisions. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Peter Curcio is a Senior Federal, State and County prison advisor. Pete served 25 years with the New York City Department of Corrections at Riker's Island and rose to the position of second highest in the Chain of Command. After his retirement with the New York City Department of Corrections, Pete became a corrections consultant with the United States Department of Justice and has been training Federal, State and County level Senior Corrections Executives all across the Country. Training all levels of government, in positions such as Correctional Wardens, Correctional Superintendents and other Senior Level Corrections Executives, gives Pete hands-on contact and insight into Federal, State and Local County Correctional Institutions. Pete has been on staff for over 12 years as a Senior Technical Advisor for several divisions of Justice Solutions of America, Inc.
Julie Prescott had a 24 year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Julie's knowledge and experience spans her responsibilities as a Case Manager, Disciplinary Hearing Officer, and Case Management Coordinator in a Federal Correction Institution and a Federal Medical Center. She has expert knowledge in classification and designation issues, compassionate release/reduction in sentence, inmate discipline, residential reentry center/home confinement, mental health commitments and administrative remedies. Julie has been advocating for federal and state inmates with Justice Solutions of America, Inc. for more than 8 years.
Shakeerah Hameen is a Senior Federal and State Prison Advisor. Shakeerah has more than 20 years of experience with Justice Solutions of America, Inc. In addition to her federal and state prison advocacy experience of over 30 years, Shakeerah’s expertise spans the areas of sentencing mitigation, parole, pardons and sentence commutations. She is responsible for these services within several of our divisions.
John Gaither is a Special BOP Advisor. He joins Federal Prison Consultants after 35 years of exemplary service with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. John's expertise includes the management and operation of Residential Reentry Centers, and liaison with the US Marshals Service, FBI, US Probation and the Federal Courts. He has worked with the senior leadership of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in developing and executing policy and programs that directly impact incarcerated persons.
Rob Warney, as a Federal Prison Advocate, assists Pete Curcio with our New York Prison Consultants division. Rob was the director of the Planning, Engineering and Inspection Department for one of the largest towns in New Jersey. His other work experience included being a financial advisor for more than fifteen years and serving as a Vice President at a Fortune 500 Company.
Rob is co-author of Ties-2-Stripes, a systematic, practical and realistic guide book on how to prepare for federal prison, adjust to federal prison life and prepare for release from federal prison. Rob shares his actual experiences going through the process himself and can help you develop an individual plan to successfully get you through the process in the least amount of time. Rob is available to meet with defense counsel, defendants and families and loved ones of inmates going through the prison system.
Dr. Jerry Smith, Jr. PsyD
Dr. Jerry Smith is a 20 year veteran with the Federal Bureau of Prisons serving as a Clinical Psychologist and a Drug Abuse Treatment Coordinator for the Federal Bureau of Prison's highly regarded Residential Drug Abuse Program informally known as the RDAP Program. Jerry brings with him many years of experience and services as a BOP RDAP Expert for all of our divisions.
George M. Galaza
George M. Galaza is a State Prison Advocate. His extensive and varied career encompassed appointments to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as Deputy Director responsible for the management of the CDCR's Substance Abuse, Joint Venture and Religious Programs, and the contracted Community Correctional Facilities throughout California. As Regional Administrator for the CDCR, his responsibilities included the oversight of eleven (11) State Prisons and their respective Wardens. George was also appointed Warden at two (2) California State Prisons and served as Chief of Corrections for the City of Delano.
Salvador A. "Tony"
Mr. Godinez is a member of the Justice Solutions of America, Inc. Board of Advisors. He has served in the field of corrections for 42 years. Most recently he served as Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director for the past seven years. He also served as Executive Director of the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDC) for five years. He has spent 27 years of his 42-year career in corrections in the State of Illinois. While at the IDOC he enacted major efficiency measures which dramatically reduced facility-related costs while not compromising safety and security. He also oversaw the continued provision of complete medical and mental health care to an average daily inmate population of 47,500 over the past fiscal years.