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Christopher Zoukis
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We're excited to share news about an upcoming feature-length documentary that delves inside the first-ever high school built inside an adult prison in the United States.

Filmmakers Richard O’Connell and Annelise Wunderlich have just completed principal photography on The Corridor, a true-to-life depiction of the world inside Five Keys charter school at San Francisco County Jail. The film follows students, teachers and deputized staff at the 10-year-old school along their journey to graduation.

The film also shares our message at PrisonEducation.com: that education is key to reducing recidivism and is in the best interests of our society.

“Our goal is not to make the case for a restorative approach to criminal justice, nor is the film a promotion of any particular strategy,” explains Wunderlich.

“But we do hope that it will provide insight into the potential for jail-based education to reduce recidivism, while allowing viewers to draw their own conclusions about some of the larger issues like mass incarceration, the ‘School to Jail’ pipeline, and the legacy of the ‘War on Drugs’.”

Read more about it on my PrisonerEducation blog: 
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How to market your book from prison. Check out some of my recommendations. #Prison   #PrisonEducation   #writing  
Image courtesy bidinotto.com By Christopher Zoukis Book marketing in the world outside of prison is fairly straightforward. The author writes a book, ideally has the foresight to build an author platform in the process, and then uses the platform and other tools to market their book once it is published. These other tools often consist of a snazzy website, writing commitments at relevant and visible publications, outreach to book...
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New Guidelines Call for Limits on Use of #SolitaryConfinement in Wisconsin
In January of this year, the Wisconsin prison system implemented new policies which will revamp the way in which solitary confinement is used as a correction measure against prisoners violating pri...
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Education vs. Prison Cost. #Prison   #education  #usa
Source: U.S. Census Data and Vera Institute of Justice                  Graphic: Tal Yellin / CNNMoney
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Stories like this reminds us we are fighting for the right reasons. ‪#‎Recidivism‬ ‪#‎Success‬ ‪#‎education‬@HuffPostSmBiz http://ht.ly/L1gTY www.prisoneducation.com
Every day, men and women are released from prisons and jails across the U.S. after taking this same journey. Most incarcerated settings do not provide programs that teach relevant job skills for reentry to society. As a result, recidivism -- the rate...
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Utah DOC Ends "English Only" Visitation Requirement #PrisonLaw  #Prison #Crime #USA
Image courtesy gawker.com By Christopher Zoukis As of August 1, 2013, Utah state prisoners are able to talk to their visitors in languages other than English, reversing a longstanding policy. The change puts an end to the nation's only state prison system rule that forbids foreign languages during visits, according to Chesa Boudin, a federal public defender in San Francisco and co-author of a Yale University study on prison visit...
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In prison, unlike life "on the street," social status is not based upon what a fellow prisoner makes or what they do for a living, but what their crime of conviction is, if the fellow prisoner is an informant or not, the group (or "car") they associate with, and how they carry themselves.
Image courtesy thefinalbeat.com By Christopher Zoukis In the world outside of prison, everyone wants to know what others do, where they work, how much they make, where and in what type of house they live, what they drive, and the answers to many other personal identity questions which help us to quantify and categorize others. These are social signals to those around all of us. They help us to understand how to treat others, how t...
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More thoughts on reducing #recidivism  #prison #prisoneducation
By Christopher Zoukis Not pleased with their perpetual need to keep expanding their prison's capacity, local leaders and officials in Northampton County, Pennsylvania have been searching for a comprehensive strategy to reduce the county's high levels of recidivism. In 2012, the recidivism rate for inmates being released from Northampton County Prison was 58 percent, a full 18 points over the national average. Encouragement has com...
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I'm a huge supporter of #prisoners   #rights  for all. It's unbelievable to see these people's medical rights taken away, sometimes resulting in suicide like what happened here in Virginia. Check out this article published today in +VICE,The Uphill Battle to Make Prison Safer for Trans Women. We're happy to be mentioned in this article, and to always help shed the light on these injustices. #transgender   #usa  
Even as their advocates win victories in court, trans inmates remain vulnerable to violence from their fellow prisoners and indifference from a system that does not understand their needs.
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Crime Labs still in crisis. #USA   #Crime   #Prison  #PrisonLaw
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Prison Censorship in America: The Ashley Jean Arnold Case #PrisonLaw  #prison #US #crime  #justice 
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An incredible book full of helpful resources for prisoners. Recommended! Available here: http://ht.ly/K61Lt 
The Best Resource Directory is a terrific buy for any prisoner or their loved ones. It's chock-full of listings and contact information for a huge number of resource vendors for prisoners and their families....
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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).

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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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  • Adams State University
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