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Christopher Zoukis
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A statement from White House counsel Neil Eggleston noted the total of Obama #commutations‬  outstrips those issued by the past seven presidents combined.
By Christopher Zoukis President Obama On June 3, President Obama commuted sentences for 42 more federal inmates, bringing his total to 348 individuals to have their prison sentences reduced or ended. A statement from White House counsel Neil Eggleston noted the total outstrips commutations issued by the past seven presidents combined. The last three months brought close to half – 161 -- of Obama’s total commutations, with 61 annou...
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The program funded by Hudson Link for Higher #Education in #Prison . http://www.recordonline.com/article/20160622/NEWS/160629766
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#Prisoners  are ill-prepared to get out of jail - thus the high #recidivism  rate.
Prisoners who were released back into society are in danger of recidivism or re-entering jail due to their lack of education, skills and work experience. The U.S. government is working on fixing this by introducing correctional education programs.
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Judge uses discretion in handing down #sentence . http://bit.ly/1Udq840
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Many top and well-known #universities  have signed on to the #prison‬   #education‬  pledge, including powerhouse state schools like the University of California System, New York University and Boston University.
Obama administration launches Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge to expand access to higher education for Americans with criminal records.
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That's because 60% of America’s #prison   #inmate  population are illiterate, and 85% of all #juvenile   #offenders  have reading problems. The better we #educate‬ , the more we halt the school-to-‪‎prison‬ #pipeline‬ .
Monday night, June 13, 2016, the Friends of the Library had their wrap up meeting and dinner for the 2015/2016 school year. The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization who dedicates themselves to provide additional resources and strengthen Library services in Mount Pleasant. Each year the Friends of the Library provide much needed advocate support and conduct several fundraisers throughout the year to bolster library servic...
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Effective re-entry programs can help previously #incarcerated‬   individuals adjust to their new lives and routines, helping with psychological and behavioural issues.
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Two ex- #inmates  advocate for justice #reform  because keeping teens locked up isn’t the solution, nor is the branding of teen offenders, which can be detrimental to rehabilitation, and reduction of #recidivism .
By Christopher Zoukis Sang Dao and Noah Schultz, who turned their lives around while in prison, are now advocates for juvenile justice reform, May 20, 2016 (Source: KOIN) Sang Dao and Noah Schultz were both sentenced to years in prison at 17 years old, under mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Fortunately for them, both had access to mentors, role models and educational opportunities – and were inspired to turn their life aroun...
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Almost one-third of the 600,000 #prisoners‬   released this year will be rearrested in their first year out, over half within three years, and over three-quarters within five years. ‪#‎Recidivism‬ nightmare.
Innovative prison education programs are a national necessity.
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The funds for #prisoner   #education  are part of a $500,000 grant.
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#Virginia   #legislators  sue to stop ex- #inmate   #voting  rights. http://ow.ly/hZ1e301nXne
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The program offers #inmates‬   #classes‬  on applying for jobs, crafting their resumes and managing their finances once back in the community - and helping to reduce #recividism .
EASTON — Isaac Montgomery has had a lot of jobs over the years, working in the construction, landscaping and hospitality industries in the Lehigh Valley. After pleading guilty to 12 different charges over the past 21 years, though, his resume is that of a career criminal's.
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Petersburg, Virginia
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Author of Education Behind Bars: A Win-Win Strategy for Maximum Security
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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. His book reviews, articles, essays, and poems have appeared in the Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Blog Critics, 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.

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.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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