Education Behind Bars

A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security

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Written by Christopher Zoukis, a two-time PEN American Center award winning writer (drama and fiction), federal prisoner and a candid advocate for prison education.

Education Behind Bars is both a reference guide and a social policy title. Half of the impressive 382 page text is dedicated to the need for prison education, its history, travails, current situation, and the refutation of arguments against it. The other half of the text is directed toward the incarcerated student.

By Christopher Zoukis
Sunbury Press (January 2012)
382 pages.  $19.95
ISBN-13 978-1934597774

The most comprehensive study of prison education on the market to date, Education Behind Bars offers a relatively simple, inexpensive solution to some of our nations most burdensome problems.

Recidivism is costing our taxpayers upwards of $32 billion each year to build, maintain and operate more and more prison facilities.  It is causing an increase in crime on our streets.  The only proven way to reduce recidivism significantly and permanently is to educate our prisoners.

When we educate a prisoner, we transform a hopeless person with a criminal mentality into a productive citizen who pays taxes, supports his or her family, and contributes to our community.  These transformed individuals usually ensure that their children be educated, as well, thereby reducing crime exponentially in future generations.

One can read Education Behind Bars from cover to cover, or read the sections that affect you directly.

It shows us how:

  • By investing $2 million – $3 million we can save our national and states’ budgets more than $62 Billion per year
  • The extreme limitations of prison education as it exists today (it is almost non-existent beyond literacy and a high-school diploma equivalent)
  • The obstacles preventing prisoners who seek an education from getting it
  • Ways individual prisoners can overcome some of those obstacles
  • Experimental, privately funded education programs have achieved outstanding success.

In Education Behind Bars we discover the enormous impact that prison education will have on the quality of our entire society. It becomes obvious that the time has come for wise legislative action for our common good.