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INTERVIEW WITH JACK DONSON, PRESIDENT OF MY FEDERAL PRISON CONSULTANTS

By Christopher Zoukis Jack Donson is the President of My Federal Prison Consultants, and current Director of Programs and Case Management Services for FedCURE (a national sentencing reform coalition).  He is a former Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Case Manager.  During his 23 year career within the FBOP he received several national awards including an award

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An Interview With Richard Zaranek, the President of Executive Prison Consultants

Richard Zaranek is the President of Executive Prison Consultants, a nationally known consulting firm that prepares criminal defendants for incarceration.  Mr. Zaranek himself served time in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a financial crime related to his former position as a public administrator.  Now, he and his firm advise and educate soon-to-be inmates in

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Changing Times: A Transgender Prisoner and the Law

By Christopher Zoukis Times change.  People change.  Everything changes, really, and sometimes you just have to acknowledge that fact and move on. I was reminded of these facts recently when listening to a friend tell me about a federal prisoner who was seeking treatment for Gender Identity Disorder, or trans-sexualism as it has been called. 

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Prison Education: A Convergence of Principles

By Kyle Barnhill

Certainly the prison education issue should be framed in the context of a battle for public opinion. Obviously politicians who influence and ultimately control prison-education policy are elected by the people: John Q. Public. So it makes sense that public sentiment regarding this issue must shift before meaningful change and progress may be made. And ironically, this can only occur one way: public education. Not public education in the sense of tax-funded education, but that of educating the public outside the classroom. Public persuasion. In essence, altering at least a small portion of their worldview. This isn’t an easy task. But it is possible. 

And the premise of those who advocate educating inmates can be summed up in one metaphorical principle: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Research, studies, and hard numbers corroborate this claim when considering recidivism. There’s no denying it. Education reduces recidivism and is vastly less expensive than incarceration.

Only the public doesn’t know it.

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