Christopher Zoukis

Contributing Writer

Christopher Zoukis, a writer currently incarcerated at FCC Petersburg (Medium), is an impassioned and active prison education advocate, a legal commentator, and prolific writer of books, book reviews, and prison law articles. While living in federal prison at various security levels, retaliations for his activism have earned him long stretches in solitary, or "the hole."

Christopher is also successfully working on a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business/Law) from Adams State University. Following his 2016 graduation, he plans on attending Adams State University's MBA program. He regularly advises fellow prisoners and prison consultants about legal issues and federal regulations governing the Federal Bureau of Prisons operations. Upon release he plans to attend law school and become a federal criminal defense attorney.

He is the author of Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons, (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Co., 2014). He regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and Prison Legal News. He can be found online at ChristopherZoukis.com, PrisonEducation.com and Prisonerresource.com.

As of September 15, 2017, Christopher's 27 articles like "School-to-prison Pipeline Can Start From Preschool" have totaled 3.1M views and shares.

Christopher's 27 most recent articles:

FEB 16 2017
AND Magazine
The Independent

School-to-prison Pipeline Can Start From Preschool

Zero-tolerance policies and no child left behind feed the pipeline
"It destroys families and communities, and contributes to the problem of mass incarceration in the United States"

JUL 23 2014
AND Magazine
Culture

Three Smokes and a Soda

The Cost of Doing Business in America's Prisons
"Money has served us well, but sometimes unconventional alternatives have their place."

JUN 23 2014
AND Magazine
Culture

Reducing Recidivism

Northampton County, PA: Three-Pronged Strategy
"Many prisoners have mental health problems, with more than 20 percent taking psychotropic medication"

FEB 13 2014
AND Magazine
The Left

Prison Education Works

The story of NJ-STEP and CPEP
"Inmates must either possess a GED or a high school diploma in order to enroll."

FEB 09 2014
AND Magazine
Culture

Prison Pecking Order

Convict Stratification: The Social Construction of Prison
"For example, a common trait amongst the cars concerns where someone is from."

JUN 24 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Barber Amendment

These most certainly aren't violent offenders.
"A Simple Way to Reduce the Deficit"

MAY 28 2013
AND Magazine
Food and Drink

Death Row Cook Book

What does a monster want to eat for his last meal?
"McVeigh asked for two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream."

MAY 28 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Maybe Death IS Better

A fate worse than death?
"There are no more windows to stare out wistfully."

MAY 13 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Prison Terminology

Inmates, Prisoners, and Convicts: What's the Difference?
"Prisons house people who are convicted of crimes."

MAY 06 2013
AND Magazine
The Right

Reform In Georgia

Georgia's Gov. Deal leads the way in prison reform.
"The juvenile justice mess doesn't end there."

APR 25 2013
AND Magazine
Literature

H. R. Haggard

The Creator of SHE
"Haggard wrote over 40 novels, most of which are still in print."

APR 12 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Miraculous Gates
"But the eight gates no longer reside in St. Vibiana's."

APR 11 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Conspicuous Consumption

Jesus was right: You can gain the world and lose your soul.
"A case for being nice: Because we expect little, we get less."

APR 01 2013
AND Magazine
Food and Drink

Starving in America?

Food stamps and felons.
"This includes food for ourselves, our families, and our children."

MAR 29 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Japanese Prisons

Japan's Corrections Philosophy: Shockingly Orderly
"It is "considered bad sport" to not admit to a crime when guilty."

MAR 24 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Change of Mind

The Senator Who Changed His Mind About Gay Marriage
"Are our leaders just plain stupid?"

MAR 21 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Jailhouse Litigators

Jailhouse Litigators: A New Name for a New Age
"They are a lifeline and a final ray of hope."

MAR 14 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Lord Action

Absolute Power Corrupts
"This protection is provided by God Himself."

MAR 14 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

A Letter to Wayne

An open letter to the NRA's Vice President, Wayne LaPierre
"I don't want to buy a gun."

MAR 10 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Sequestration

The Impact on Federal Prisons
"Perhaps it's time we look at the facts."

MAR 09 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

A Flock of Feathers

Pigeons as a measure of humanity?
"I've seen them take care of one another."

MAR 07 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Hope For Change?

President Obama's Dismal Record on Clemency for America's Pr
"Under Obama, an applicant's chance is less than 1 in 5,000.""

FEB 24 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

HOLY JUMPERS

Jumping for Jesus
"It is sad to see religion reduced to a personality cult."

FEB 04 2013
Looks.Love
Fashion

A Transgender Prisoner

An Interview with federal prisoner LeLe
"Unfortunately, the American people, while becoming more informed about transgender matters, are not"

JAN 24 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

Changing Times

Transgender Persons and the Law
"Dennehy's fear of public disfavor was not unfounded."

JAN 14 2013
AND Magazine
Entertainment

Richard Zaranek

An Interview With The Man at Prison Consultants
"Mr. Zaranek himself served time in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a financial crime"

JAN 06 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Prison Consultants

Getting Ready for Prison
"Prison consultants are criminal justice specialists who prepare executives for a period of incarcera"