Mother’s Day at Your Local Prison

By Christopher Zoukis This Mother’s Day, like this past Christmas I won’t be able to speak with my mom and tell her I love her. (And this isn’t because I’m in prison, but because I’ve spoken out about prison conditions and have had my phone privileges rescinded). I say not this to say “poor me,” […]

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Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train

Hobo Pete and the Ghost TrainBy Sandy PheatPublished by Freebird Publishers, P.O. Box 541, North Dighton,MA 02764; www.FreebirdPublishers.com (2014)ISBN 9780991359103Available as Ebook and paperback through Amazon. Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train represents a victory for Freebird Publishers, a growing multi-media entity dedicated to serving a sometimes forgotten segment of American […]

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CD Review: Good Boy by Nate Paladino

Album: Good Boy Artist: Nate PaladinoStyle: Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Leonard CohenReleased: November 7, 2014Reviewed by: Christopher Zoukis Nate Paladino is a relic of a different decade. It’s almost as if he climbed into a time machine, traveled back to the 1950s and then returned to the contemporary world. While in the past, he […]

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CD Review: Involuntary Memories

Album: Involuntary MemoriesAritst: Plastic HandgunStyle: Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Dream Pop, Psych RockReleased: January 11, 2015Reviewed by: Christopher Zoukis The name of the band is Plastic Handgun, and Plastic Handgun has just one member: Mark Di Giovanni, who hails from Toronto, Canada. Di Giovanni just released his first full-length (digital) album of experimental rock/electronic music. […]

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CD Review: Sir Cadian Rhythm

Album: Sir Cadian RhythmArtist: Sir Cadian RhythmStyle: Alternative, Rock, Jazz, PopScheduled for Release: February 7, 2015Reviewed by: Christopher Zoukis In March 2014, five musicians got together on Long Island, New York and decided to form a band. Christening the band “Sir Cadian Rhythm,” a play on the circadian rhythms of the human body, the name […]

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CD Review: Be Yourself by Dimestore Prophets

Artist: Dimestore ProphetsAlbum: Be YourselfStyle: Groove, Reggae, Rock, Pop, AcousticRelease Date: April 5, 2014Reviewed by: Christopher Zoukis Dimestore Prophets (not to be confused with “Dime Store Prophets,” a Christian rock band that dissolved in the late ’90s and known for a song called “Hitler’s Girlfriend”) bills itself as a three-piece groove, rock, and reggae band […]

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CD Review: Arisen Upon Oblivion

Artist: Unfathomed AbyssAlbum: Arisen Upon OblivionReleased: October 2014Reviewed by: Christopher Zoukis Black metal music is usually grouped under the umbrella heading of heavy metal music, with the caveat that black metal is a “radical” subdivision of the genre. It is characterized by wailing guitars, screaming vocals, and rapid cadence. Heavy make-up, also known as “corpse […]

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The Curious Case of Legal Mail

By Christopher Zoukis / Huffington Post Inmates in every jail and prison across America retain certain inalienable rights, even while behind bars. One such right is the First Amendment: the right to free speech. Now obviously there are some procedural modifications and limitations that occur within the correctional context, but it is a right nonetheless. […]

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Social Justice Advocate Interviews Transgender Federal Inmate about Abhorrent Healthcare

Sangye Rinchen and Christopher Zoukis PETERSBURG, Va., Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Social justice advocate, author, and inmate, Christopher Zoukis, recently met with Sangye Rinchen, a transgender federal prison inmate incarcerated for bank robbery at FCI Petersburg – a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia. What he learned was frightening. Since 2012, Rinchen has tried […]

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