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Now 31-years-old, Christopher Zoukis has spent the last 12 years behind bars in a federal prison in Virginia. He has used this time to successfully fight for access to prison-based education programs for himself and others. The former high school dropout completed high school as well his Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business Administration and Legal Studies) from Adams State University. He has become a sought-after legal adviser to other inmates, author of three books on the prison system, a regular newspaper contributor and contributing writing to Prison Legal News and The Huffington Post. An outspoken champion for prison education and inmate rights, Christopher is available to speak about these and related topics to the media.
Why is Christopher Zoukis in prison?
The adopted son of a family from Atlanta, Ga., Christopher Zoukis was a rebellious teenager and high school dropout who pleaded guilty in 2004 to indecent liberties with a minor after having sexual relations with a girl he believed was his age. He was incarcerated in 2006 and now resides at FCC Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Virginia.
How has Christopher turned his life around while in prison?
From his prison cell, Christopher realized a majority of convicts released from prison were unable to succeed in the community in large part due to a lack of education, job skills and family support. He immersed himself in correspondence studies and subsequently became an advocate for prison education to reduce recidivism and improve communities. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from Adams State University.
What topics can Christopher comment on?
Christopher can provide a quote or a comment about anything prison: prison law, prison education, prisoners’ rights, privatization and overcrowding, women in prison, health care, navigating the U.S. prison system and Pell Grant education funding. His breadth of experience in these arenas is broad due to not only his own extensive experiences, but also due to the legal consulting he has engaged in over the last several years.
How can the media connect with Christopher?
If you’re a member of the media, be sure to visit our Media FAQ page for quick facts and copy. You may also check out some of Chris’ latest interviews In the Media or Email his Publicist to book an interview.
Does Christopher have experience dealing with the media?
Christopher is recognized as a knowledgeable, expert source who has been quoted in publications such as USA Today, the Detroit Free Press and the Tallahassee Democrat. See some of his interviews on our In the Media page.
As a compelling speaker who is able to recount valuable statistics and facts, and answer questions that stay on target and to the point in all media interviews, Chris is able to actively listen, gain an understanding of issues and transition smoothly in any direction that a writer, editor or producer requests, providing balanced and well-researched answers to either a structured interview, or one that is conversational. He is clear and concise when necessary and uses strong descriptive language to illustrate points. He is familiar with speaking to all types of press including radio, television, newspapers, and blogs. Christopher is a powerful voice for those who have none.
What are Christopher Zoukis’ published works?
He is author of four published non-fiction books, including his most recent Federal Prison Handbook, and is working on several more. Christopher is also publisher of a weekly prison newsletter and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Prison Legal News, New York Daily News, Criminal Legal News, New York Journal of Books, and many other national and international news outlets.
Why is Christopher serving such a long prison sentence?
As his state sentence was ending, Christopher was charged with possession of child pornography for materials found on his computer prior to his original arrest, which due to a legal loophole allowed him to be sentenced under recidivist statutes to 151 months in federal prison. A thorn in the side of justice authorities for his candid views on the ‘broken’ prison system, he has faced retribution by prison staff and successfully litigated against the Federal Bureau of Prisons over First Amendment, disciplinary, legal activities and medical care matters.
How does Christopher spend his time behind bars?
Christopher is continuing his legal studies, while also overseeing several websites – prisoneducation.com and prisonerresource.com and this website, ChristopherZoukis.com. This website provides another forum for his original and published content, including weekly articles, his story, timelines and judicial case history. He also spends much of his time pursuing his MBA from Adams State University. He is backed by a team including his family, other rights organizations and Middle Street Publishing – a South Carolina non-profit corporation dedicated to social justice.
What are Christopher’s plans after release from prison?
Following release, Christopher plans on founding a prison consulting business aimed at helping soon-to-be prisoners prepare for incarceration, current prisoners resolve issues as they occur, and attorneys inject themselves into the prison environment when their clients require their assistance. He also plans on attending law school.
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