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Christopher Zoukis
Attends Adams State University
Lives in Petersburg, Virginia
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When it comes to #prison   #education , \ one size does not fit all learning styles, and #technology  is one way to address personalization efficiently and effectively.
technology use in prison can improve learning outcomes. By Christopher Zoukis Technology use has grown in all aspects of life outside of prisons, including in classrooms. Prison classrooms and communities can also benefit greatly from the use of technology. There are many benefits to using technology within all education systems, including in prison settings. Personalized learning is recognized as being increasingly important to s...
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“If you want to have four times the chance that someone is going to come home and be a productive citizen...then you invest in giving them an #education  while they are (in #prison ) behind bars.”
"Out there cutting hair, nobody asks what your record is'
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The material limitations of the #prison   #classroom . its diverse student population, and its dramatic impact on #recidivism   #rates   offered the writer a singular lens to examine some of the issues surrounding #inmate   #education .
Academics could learn a lot from volunteering in a penal institution — about teaching, technology, and the value of a liberal-arts education.
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#Education  for #inmates  reduces #recidivism  and stops a vicious cycle harmful to society.
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Disbarred and disgraced #attorney  is trying to have impact in #classrooms  across #Mississippi   like he used to have in the #courtroom .
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#Prisoners  often need #money  for essentials including for #phone   time and #computer   use, including to receive, read, and send emails on a secure system.
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#Forensic   #science  is not like it's made out to be on #TV   #crime   shows.
Forensic investigations not always reliable. By Christopher Zoukis If you were to judge only by what’s shown on detective-procedural television shows like CSI, you might think forensic investigations and crime lab results are virtually infallible. But from time to time, a government study comes along to point out how that’s frequently far from the truth. Take, for example, a groundbreaking study ordered by Congress and released ...
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#NelsonMandela  nailed it years ago. #Education  is the ONLY way to bring about lasting change.
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Die Not Another is an eye-opening tale of a man's rise from the depths of despair to a place where he can help others. All because he chose to get #education   while in #prison .
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#Students   at the Durham School of the Arts will work with participants in GrowingChange to design a virtual reality version of the #prison   to help visualize the site’s untapped potential.
WAGRAM — A project to re-purpose the former Scotland Correctional Center as a sustainable farm
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For this theatrical performance, there are no props. No costumes. No elaborately adorned stage. There are only voices.
'People tend to have a stereotyped notion of who's incarcerated and I think when they see people presenting their lives or being creative, they have to reconsider.'
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Reading #Prison  went on being a functioning #jail  until 2013. Now, it is hosting a multidisciplinary tribute to Oscar Wilde (until Oct. 30) by a high-profile group of artists, writers and performers.
Reading Prison in England, no longer a functioning jail, is hosting a multidisciplinary tribute to Wilde with artists, writers and performers.
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Author of Education Behind Bars: A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security
Introduction

Christopher Zoukis

Christopher Zoukis, a 27-year-old writer who is incarcerated at FCC Petersburg (Medium), is an impassioned and active advocate for prison education in this nation's prison systems, a noted legal commentator and practitioner, and a prolific writer of books, articles, and legal treatises.

Mr. Zoukis is a New York Journal of Books authorized book reviewer, a contributing writer for AND Magazine, a Blog Critics authorized contributing writer, and an EzineArticles and ArticlesBase authorized contributing writer. He is author of several books including College for Convicts and the new (2016) Prison Education Guide.

His book reviews, articles, essays, and poems have appeared in the Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Midwest Book Review, Basil and Spice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, Wopopular, Rain Taxi, EzineArticles, ArticlesBase, Education Behind Bars Newsletter, Wikipedia, and others, with content syndicated by the Associated Press, Google News, and Yahoo News. He also contributes to BlogCritics and shares his blogs each week through the Huffington Post.

In 2011, Mr. Zoukis' creative work won PEN American Center Prison Writing Awards for his screen play Healing Bin Laden (Drama-Second Place) and his short story Jesusland (Fiction-Honorable Mention).

In addition to his award winning writing, Mr. Zoukis is a Prison Legal News Contributing Writer, the founder of PrisonEducation.comPrisonLawBlog.com and ChristopherZoukis.com, and a former editor of the Education Behind Bars Newsletter, and has been a staff writer at the State and Federal Criminal Law Review, The Update: Federal Criminal and Immigration Law, and the Texas Criminal Law Review. He also currently contributes to the Corcoran Sun and is an authorized book reviewer for the Crown Publishing Group (part of Random House).


Today
Currently, Mr. Zoukis is engaged in a number of larger projects. These include several novels, a guide to federal incarceration, other regular writing commitments, and his studies (both legal and academic). He is a graduate of the Blackstone Career Institute's Paralegal Diploma Program and Criminal Law and Procedure Certificate Program, along with being a graduate of the Long Ridge Writers Group and Global University's Certified Minister Certificate Program. He's currently enrolled in Blackstone Career Institute's Business & Corporate Law and Civil Litigation Certificate Programs.

Mr. Zoukis maintains strong ties with the prison, prison education, legal, and writing communities through his memberships with the American Bar Association (including their Criminal Justice Section and Section on Litigation), American Civil Liberties Union, American Correctional Association, Amnesty International, Cassell Network of Writers, Correctional Education Association, National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists, National Lawyers Guild, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (including their Appellate Defender Section), National Writers Association, National Writers Union, Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia (including their Continuing Legal Education and Public Relations Committees), PEN American Center, Pennsylvania Prison Society, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Writing and advocating for prison education isn't all Mr. Zoukis has been doing behind bars. He has taught a popular course to over 100 fellow prisoners entitled Writing and Publishing, is actively pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from California Coast University, and regularly advises fellow inmates and prison consulting groups about matters surrounding Federal Bureau of Prisons' policy and the federal regulations governing it.

Mr. Zoukis has become successful in the internal prison litigation realm and is now a sought after consultant on a number of matters (both in-prison and out of prison). In fact, he has personally successfully litigated against the Federal Bureau of Prisons concerning First Amendment, disciplinary, custody and classification, legal activities, correspondence, medical, and food service matters. Even a 5-month stay in solitary confinement during the beginning of 2012 -- for his writing activities related to the advocacy of prison education -- did not dampen his spirit or crush his resolve. While he personally assists fellow prisoners with filing administrative remedies, contesting disciplinary matters, locating viable correspondence education programs, and advocating for those who are being medically neglected, he assists even more fellow prisoners by consulting on their legal projects. His legal expertise is demonstrated by his contributions to Prison Legal News.

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Contributor to major media outlets, published author.
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  • Adams State University
    Business, present
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Petersburg, Virginia