Book Review: Hard Time

Hard Time:  A Brit in America’s Toughest Jail By Shaun Attwood Mainstream Publishing 2010 ISBN:  1845966511 $16 Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Most people are happily ignorant of the difference between the term ‘jail’ and ‘prison.’  And since you don’t learn the difference until after you’ve been arrested, ignorance is indeed bliss.  Jail is where prisoners […]

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New eBook: Directory of Federal Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis Today I’m proud to announce the release of my latest title, the Directory of Federal Prisons:’s Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Directory by Christopher Zoukis and Dr. Randall Radic (Middle Street Publishing, 2014). This ebook provides the official contact information (e.g., street address, phone number, fax number, and email address) for […]

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Surviving Lockdown

By Christopher Zoukis

Lockdown!  We – the imprisoned – know what it is.  As I write this, we at FCI-Petersburg are locked down. 

Technically speaking, lockdown is an extended period of time over which the cell doors remain closed.  Food rations are reduced, showers are almost non-existent, and one’s resistance to claustrophobia is challenged.  During my time in prison, I have learned (the hard way) that lockdown is either hell on earth or a holiday vacation.  The difference is in how you approach the situation. 

Preparation for the situation can make all the difference in the world.  First, go to the commissary and purchase 20 Ramen Noodle soups, which will cost you $5.  And while you’re at it, don’t forget to buy 5 cans of tuna, saltine crackers (for flavor and substance in the soups), a bag of coffee, and a few bars of soap.  Everyone needs coffee, and you can use the soap for birdbaths in your cell’s sink.

This investment will definitely improve your lot-in-life during lockdown.

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While Alpo was talking himself blue in the face to the feds, Silk was arrested for selling an illegal substance.  Which meant Silk had tried to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer, who arrested him.  The police tossed Silk into Prince George’s County Jail, where he awaited trial.  As Silk cooled his heels in jail, the feds were putting together an air-tight case against him.

When Silk walked into court on December 4, 1992, he expected to plead guilty to one count of selling an illegal substance.  He would receive a fine and a short sentence.  It didn’t happen that way.  Instead, Silk was arrested by the Safe Streets Task Force and charged with the October 23, 1991 murder of Garrett ‘Gary’ Terrell, “in furtherance of a continual criminal enterprise.”

They took Silk back to D.C. and tossed him into jail there. 

On December 5, 1992, the headline of the Washington Timesread ‘Suspected Hitman Arrested in ‘91 Killing.’  The article identified Wayne Perry as the top hitman for the Martinez Organization, a gang that operated in New York, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.  Perry may have been personally responsible for six drug-related murders.  He had been officially charged with the murder of Garrett ‘Gary’ Terrell, who was an infamous drug lord in the D.C. area.

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