Christopher Zoukis is an active prisoner advocate and the foremost incarcerated writer in the United States. He regularly contributes to the Huffington Post, Prison Legal News, New York Daily NewsCriminal Legal News, New York Journal of Books and many other national and international news outlets, and has been used as a trusted source in publications such as USA Today, the Detroit Free Press and the Tallahassee Democrat. He is also the holder of two prestigious PEN American Center Prison Writing Awards, an IndieReader Nonfiction Discovery Award, a Readers’ Favorite Nonfiction Book Award and The Montaigne Medal from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

This webpage profiles his various academic, legal, religious, professional and literary accomplishments.


Adams State University

  • Master of Business Administration (in process)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business Administration and Legal Studies), summa cum laude
  • Advanced Certificate in Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate in Employment Law

Blackstone Career Institute

  • Advanced Certificate in Civil Litigation
  • Advanced Certificate in Business and Corporate Law
  • Advanced Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Diploma in Paralegal Studies

Penn Foster High School

  • High School Diploma

National Writing Commitments

Huffington Post Contributing Writer

Prison Legal News Contributing Writer

New York Daily News Contributing Writer

Criminal Legal News, Contributing Writer

New York Journal of Books Book Reviewer

Blog Critics Contributing Writer


Published Books

Writing Awards

  • IndieReader Discovery Award (2017): Nonfiction award, for Federal Prison Handbook
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards (2017): Gold medal awarded in general nonfiction, for Federal Prison Handbook
  • American Bar Association’s Top 100 Law Blawgs (2016): for Prison Law Blog (now at
  • Eric Hoffer Book Awards (2015): Montaigne Medal, for College for Convicts
  • Pen America Center Prison Writing Awards (2012): Fiction (short story “Jesusland”) and Drama (screenplay “Healing Bin Laden”)
  • Feathered Quill Book Awards (2018): Nonfiction award, for Federal Prison Handbook

Select Magazine Cover Articles

  • “Prosecutorial Misconduct: Taking the Justice out of Criminal Justice” (PLN, November, 2014)
  • “Aramark’s Correctional Food Services: Meals, Maggots and Misconduct” (PLN, December, 2015)
  • “Absurd, Abusive, and Outrageous: The Creation of Crime and Criminals in America” (CLN, December, 2017)
  • “Civil Asset Forfeiture: Unfair, Unjust and Un-American” (CLN, March, 2018)
  • “Indigent Defense in America” (PLN, forthcoming)
  • “From the Cage to the Community: Prison Profiteers Mine for Gold in the Treatment Industrial Complex” (PLN, forthcoming)

Media Appearances

  • Christopher has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets concerning criminal justice topics. See our In The Media  page for a comprehensive listing of such appearances.