Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Prison and criminal justice consultant and coach Wendy Feldman talks about working with people to prepare for incarceration, serve their sentences and re-enter society. She tells of her own experience serving time in a federal prison camp and halfway house, and how it shaped her belief that prison should be a transformational experience. Her program, Custodial Coaching, collaborates with Las Encinas Hospital, The Ranch, Elements Treatment Centers, Promises and others.


Wendy Feldman

Comments [10]


The friends and families of drug addicts is called Naranon.

Nov. 25 2011 01:25 PM
grateful client

For those of you who are doubters, I am a client of Wendy and am eternally grateful for EVERYTHING Wendy has done for me and my family. Not all criminal situations are as they appear. I have been plopped in the middle of a Kafka"esque" nightmare. Wendy's advice and counsel have helped to keep me sane, gave me guidance where my attorneys were lacking and enabled me to drive the defense team in a way that allowed the best possible outcome in a truly horrific situation. Anyone facing a challenging situation should run, not walk to Wendy and Custodial Coaching for assistance, advice, preparation and re-entry plans. I am not yet free to tell my story, but believe that not everyone facing criminal issues is the devil and the system does not function the way it is supposed to in many cases. Wendy is able to explain the process, helps with guidance and counseling to find the meaning in the process and the take away message to enable the person to learn from the experience.

Sep. 29 2011 04:16 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Ha, interesting. Recidivism historically has been pretty high. Is the guest saying her approach proves she lowers recidivism? I guess she just did.

Sep. 28 2011 01:30 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

@Skeptical from NYC

Yeah I know about the lack of governing bodies. But it doesn't mean she doesn't actually help people.

Although, I would be very cautious and skeptical.

Sep. 28 2011 01:27 PM
Skeptical from NYC

@Sophie - the problem with the coaching industry is that unlike psychology, there are no governing bodies.

Mostly, she came up with a very creative new career since she is probably barred from doing her previous job/career on Wall St.

People in foxholes will pay $$ for any sort of support.

She's doing a great job on PR, clearly. And her whole site/blog is designed around search engine optimization with all the celeb news mentions...

I wouldn't have a problem with this if there was some evidence that her consulting is tangibly useful.

And if she corrected all the misspellings on her sites.

Sep. 28 2011 01:23 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Yes, a joint interview with one of her clients to hear how her services helped would make this interview feel fuller.

Sep. 28 2011 01:21 PM
john from office

Len are the monitors reading these entries?? Slander is ok now??

Sep. 28 2011 01:19 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

What did she do to work on her own psychological problems? And what education did she go through to qualify her to help others?

Sep. 28 2011 01:15 PM
Skeptical from NYC

This sounds more like a commercial than journalism. Why isn't Lopate checking any actual people she's worked with? Don't results matter?

Sep. 28 2011 01:14 PM
Robert Bienenfeld from Long Island, NY

Federal Prison and Federal Courts are a scam, as I proved back with my 10-31-1989, case, sent to Butner FCI, Butner, NC, back upon return to Metropolitan Correction Center, 150 Park Row, NY, NY on Floors 9 North or 9 South, in spring 1990, recognizing FBI agents dressed up as Prisoners on Floor where I was at.

Judge Chief Jewish Capo Edward Korman and Prosecutor Andrew Luger (now of Minneapolis, MN) acted in cahoots, collateral, and in concert, plus withheld/suppressed/taylored/doctored evidence plus besmirched/slandered me, in the News Press of Newsday, Channel 7, in abouts 10-31-1989 to 11-03-1989.

They were suppose to have a follow up story, but quite embarassing of a 1st time offender and never been in Jail/Prison to outdo the Feds in the Federal Prisons.

I say "whats good for the goose is good for the gander", as they besmirched/slandered me, the Feds, should besmirch/slander themselves.

Sep. 28 2011 11:06 AM

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