College for the Incarcerated Book News: New Prison Education Books in the Works

By Christopher Zoukis

While it is still early yet, I have an announcement to make concerning my book Education Behind Bars: A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security.  As you know, Sunbury Press published this title in early 2012 to rave reviews from the prison presses.  Since its publication, we’ve been approached by several publishers, who are enthusiastic to give this project new life and enhanced exposure; two of which are McFarland and Company and Prisology.  I’d like to touch upon both today.

As you know from previous posts, I decided to divide Education Behind Bars into two books: one for academics and one for prisoners.  This way both texts could be completely revised and updated, then more effectively marketed to their target markets.  Well, the revisions are now complete on both books and publishing contracts have been signed for both, too.

McFarland and Company picked up the academic book and are publishing it under the title College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons.  And Prisology has picked up the prisoner correspondence guide, which is tentatively titled College for the Incarcerated.  Both publishers seem enthusiastic about the projects.

If you’re interested in the academic version (for the general public and law makers), please head over to McFarland and Company’s sales page for College for Convicts, where you can pre-order your copy today.  This book will be out either late this year or early next year.

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College for Convicts Book Available for Pre-Order: Support Prison Education News Today

By Christopher Zoukis As all of you know, several months ago I signed a contract with McFarland and Company for my book on college for prisoners, College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons.  This book presents

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AND Magazine Interview with Christopher Zoukis

By Randy Radic Image courtesy amazon.com Last week AND Magazine ran an interview with PrisonEducation.com founder Christopher Zoukis.  In the interview, Mr. Zoukis discusses his latest ebook project, the Directory of Federal Prisons.  You can read the interview by clicking

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Middle Street Publishing Releases ‘Directory of Federal Prisons’

Middle Street Publishing Releases Prisons Facility Directory by Prison Education Advocate Christopher Zoukis and Dr. Randall Radic

Announcing the release of the ‘Directory of Federal Prisons: PrisonLawBlog.com’s Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Directory’.       

‘Directory of Federal Prisons: PrisonLawBlog.com’s Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Directory’

This electronic guidebook enables [anyone] to quickly locate the contact information and inmate correspondence address of every prison within the Federal Bureau of Prisons and every private prison which houses federal inmates.  Image courtesy Amazon.com

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, SC (PRWEB) March 01, 2014

Middle Street Publishing recently released the ‘Directory of Federal Prisons: PrisonLawBlog.com’s Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Directory’ (ISBN-13: 978-0-9913-3020-1) by Christopher Zoukis and Dr. Randall Radic.

The ‘Directory of Federal Prisons’ is a comprehensive, yet succinct, guide to the contact information and basic character profile information of every prison within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, plus all private prisons under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to house federal inmates. It is an essential guide for everyone who knows anyone incarcerated within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and sets the standard for basic character profiles and contact information for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This electronic guidebook enables attorneys, family members and friends of federal prisoners, journalists, government officials, prison volunteers, and members of the general public to quickly locate the contact information and inmate correspondence address of every prison within the Federal Bureau of Prisons and every private prison which houses federal inmates.

‘Directory of Federal Prisons’ was converted to ebook format by eBookIt.com, and is published by Middle Street Publishing. It is now available at popular online retailers including Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and Apple’s iBookstore.

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Directory of Federal Prisons Released

By Christopher Zoukis  Today we’re proud to announce the release of Middle Street Publishing’s first book, the Directory of Federal Prisons: PrisonLawBlog.com’s Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Directory by Christopher Zoukis and Dr. Randall Radic. For those who don’t yet

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Fighting for the Right to Write

By Wayne T. Dowdy  Image courtesy www.prisoninmates.com

I am in a battle that should not be: with the head of the Education Department and prison authorities over my right to type book manuscripts and other non-legal documents, such as business or personal letters, college course assignments, resumes, etc. (Technically, if something is not illegal, it would actually be “legal.” ) Imagine that — a prisoner fighting his keepers so he can do something to constructively occupy his time. By the way, this is not a national issue, since the majority of prison administrators encourage prisoners to constructively occupy their time by learning new skills, trades, getting a better education, reading, as well as writing business and personal letters to prepare for release from prison.

Writing can be instrumental in the life of a prisoner who needs to establish contacts within the community to help secure employment, housing, and to build family and community ties. Furthermore, federal officials consider an inmate’s family and community ties as a factor in determining the custody and security score of inmates. The staff use that score to determine the level of security necessary to manage the inmate; e.g., placement in low, medium, or high security facilities, each of which have different programs available for inmates to use, and different management techniques for staff to follow.

What I find insane about the situation, is that the Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mr. Charles E. Samuels, Jr., encourages his 216,000* inmates to “[p]repare for a successful return to the community.” In his December 9, 2013, MEMORANDUM TO ALL BUREAU INMATES, he wrote, “Our long standing approach that ‘Reentry Begins on the First Day of Incarceration’ is as true today as it has ever been in the past. The Bureau of Prisons provides and searches for new opportunities to help you be as productive as possible while in prison, preparing to return to your family and community as a productive, law abiding citizen.” I believe he means what he wrote. The sad part is that some of those he entrusts to carry out his mission are not on the same page, as many prison officials are stuck in the “old mentality” and would revert to the days of putting prisoners in sweat boxes and beating them, if the laws had not changed to deter them from doing it.

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Interview: Incarcerated Author Christopher Zoukis

By Randall Radic In 2012, Sunbury Press published his book, Education Behind Bars:  A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security.  In 2014, not only is his latest text, the Directory of Federal Prisons, being published by Middle Street Publishing — of

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PrisonEducation.com News Update

By Christopher Zoukis

It is with great pleasure that I share with you — the Prison Education News readers — some recent developments in our prison education advocacy efforts.  This news concerns several long-term projects that we have been working on behind the scenes and several new projects that we are preparing to engage in.  It has been some time since I have provided such an update, so please allow me to update you sufficiently.

Surprise: “College for Convicts” To Be Published By McFarland! 

The big news of the month concerns my College for Convicts manuscript.  Several months ago I announced that Middle Street Publishing — the same nonprofit which owns and operates PrisonEducation.com and PrisonLawBlog.com — had acquired the rights to my latest prison education text College for Convicts: The Case for a Safer, More Prosperous Country.  Well, it appears as if I spoke too soon.  Several weeks ago McFarland and Company — a very large nonfiction publisher located in North Carolina — approached us concerning this very text.  After several weeks of discussions and negotiations, we’ve come to an agreement.  McFarland and Company will be publishing College for Convicts!  We are currently in the process of signing the contracts and making the requested revisions.  Image courtesy mcfarlandbooks.com

We’re thrilled with this news because McFarland and Company has a significantly larger reach than we do, and they will be able to put College for Convicts into the hands of academics, public policy makers, and libraries the world over.  Their expert backing will allow the College for Convicts project to reach much greater heights and will ensure enhanced staying power.  This is truly a win for the prison education lobby and incarcerated students everywhere.

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