Prison Education Expert Christopher Zoukis
christopher zoukis is an advocate for prison education, the author of various books and articles and a book reviewer for prison legal news.
Christopher Zoukis, a young writer currently incarcerated at FCC Petersburg (Medium), is an impassioned and active prison education advocate, a legal commentator, and a 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.”
While in prison, he has earned numerous academic, legal, and ministerial credentials. Christopher is very knowledgeable about prison-related legal issues, prison policy, federal regulations, and case law. He is the author of Federal Prison Handbook, The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons, College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014) and the Prison Education Guide (Prison Legal News Publishing, 2016).
A regularly featured contributing writer for The Huffington Post, Prison Legal News, Criminal Legal News, New York Daily News and BlogCritics, Christopher has enjoyed significant media exposure through appearances with the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Vice.com, Salon.com, In These Times, The Jeff McArthur Show, The Simi Sara Show, TheCommentary.ca, 88.9 WERS’ award-winning “You Are Here” radio segment, and The Examiner.
Other articles and book reviews appeared in The New York Journal of Books, the Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Blog Critics, Midwest Book Review, Basil and Spice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, AND Magazine, Truth-Out.org, Rain Taxi, and the Education Behind Bars Newsletter, with content syndicated by the Associated Press, Google News, and Yahoo News.
He established three websites: This website, as well as PrisonerResource.com, and ChristopherZoukis.com. Christopher is a two-time recipient of the PEN American Centre Prison Writing Awards on fiction and drama. In 2015, he received the Montaigne Medal for his book College for Convicts. In 2016, his former Prison Law Blog (now PrisonerResource.com) was named a Top 100 Law Blag by the American Bar Association, and in 2017 his Federal Prison Handbook won the IndieReader Nonfiction Discovery Award and a gold medal in general nonfiction from the Readers’ Favourite Book Awards. In 2018, Federal Prison Handbook also won a non-fiction award from the Feathered Quill.
Today Christopher is successfully working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business Administration and Legal Studies) 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 in October 2018 he plans to attend law school and become a federal criminal defense attorney.
Christopher will not allow incarceration to waste his years or halt the progress of his life. He began his prison terms as a confused kid who made poor decisions but is today determined to create a better life. “We can’t let the past define us,” he says. “We have to do something today to make tomorrow what we want it to be.”
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