“Federal Prison Handbook” by Christopher Zoukis

This insightful and unique handbook offers advice and suggestions for individuals facing incarceration as well as their families.

Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons, by Christopher Zoukis
522 pages, with a 5-star rating from 9 reviews

“Federal Prison Handbook is an incredible resource for inmates and their families trying to make the best of a bad situation. . . . I can’t imagine a more thorough, more sincere, or more worthwhile guidebook to the prison experience . . . . It’s an invaluable resource, presented with clarity, confidence, and care.” — San Francisco Book Review

The definitive guide to surviving incarceration in a federal prison. Federal Prison Handbook teaches individuals facing incarceration, prisoners who are already inside, and their friends and family everything they need to know to protect themselves and their rights. The thorough information has been compiled by an advocate currently serving time at a federal prison. His insider’s view of this unknown world guides inmates through the mental stresses of confinement. Equally as important, he keeps readers physically safe by explaining how to avoid the near-constant conflicts found inside federal prisons. In detailed chapters broken down by topical areas, readers discover:

• What to expect during admissions and how to greet cellmates for the first time.

• How to communicate with the outside world through telephones, computers, and mail.

• What types of items can be purchased from the official commissary and the underground economy.

• The best ways to avoid fights, and the options that provide the greatest protection if a fight cannot be avoided.

• The knowledge required to avoid scams, schemes, theft, and other problems.

• What to do about sexual harassment or assault.

• The types of jobs available and their pay grades.

• Medical and psychological services.

• Religious activities and services.

• Entertainment, recreation, and keeping fit.

• And much more.

Importantly, this text provides detailed instructions on how prisoners can protect their rights. The author is a college-educated prisoner who has fought extensively to preserve his rights and the rights of other prisoners. Incarceration can be cruel for prisoners and their loved ones. Know what to expect and make the best of this time by staying safe, remaining safe, and building a life behind bars.

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Meet the Author

Christopher Zoukis, a PEN American Center award-winning incarcerated writer, is the author of the Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (Prison Legal News Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Co., 2014).

Mr. Zoukis is a regularly featured contributing writer for The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and Prison Legal News, the nation’s most prominent prison law publication. Mr. Zoukis has also enjoyed significant media exposure from the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Vice.com, ThinkProgress.org, Truth-Out.org, Salon.com, In These Times, Ozy.com, The Jeff McArthur Show, The Simi Sara Show, TheCommentary.ca, 88.9 WERS’ award-winning “You Are Here” radio segment, BlogCritics.org, AND Magazine, and The Examiner. In addition to these writing commitments and media engagements, he also regularly reviews criminal justice books for the New York Journal of Books.

In January 2017 he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (business administration/legal studies) from Adams State University. He also earned a Paralegal Certificate, Advanced Paralegal Certificate, and an Employment Law Certificate from ASU. He is currently attending Adams State University’s MBA Program.

Mr. Zoukis regularly advises attorneys, prison consultants, and fellow prisoners about legal issues and the federal regulations governing Federal Bureau of Prisons operations. In 2016 his “Prison Law Blog” was named a Top 100 Blawg by the American Bar Association. Upon his release from prison in 2018, he plans to attend law school and become a federal criminal defense attorney.

Christopher Zoukis can be found online at PrisonerResource.com, PrisonEducation.com, and ChristopherZoukis.com.

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