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Federal Prison Handbook:

The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Prison Handbook, by Christopher Zoukis, is the definitive guide to surviving incarceration in a federal prison.

Winner of the 2017 I&I Book Award First Place Blue Ribbon, a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards. Winner of 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Award for Non-Fiction and finalist in the reference category for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Recipient of the 2017 IndieReader Discovery Award 2017, the Reader’s Favourite – Gold Medal 2017 International Book Award and the non-fiction award from the Feathered Quill in 2018. Recently named a Finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association 2018 EVVY Awards.
The Federal Prison Handbook, by Christopher Zoukis, is the definitive guide to surviving incarceration in federal prison. This handbook teaches individuals facing incarceration, prisoners who are already inside, and their friends and family everything they need to know to protect themselves and their rights.
The thorough information was compiled by someone who has first-hand experience with the federal prison system, as Zoukis is an advocate currently serving time at a federal prison. His insider’s view of this unknown world guides inmates through the mental stresses of confinement.
Equally as important, he keeps readers physically safe by explaining how to avoid the near-constant conflicts found inside federal prisons.

In detailed chapters broken down by topical areas, readers discover:

  • What to expect on the day you’re admitted to prison, and how to greet cellmates for the first time
  • What to do about sexual harassment or assault
  • The best ways to avoid fights, and the options that provide the greatest protection if a fight cannot be avoided
  • Medical, psychological and religious services
  • How to communicate with the outside world through telephones, computers and mail.
  • What you can buy in the official commissary and the underground economy
  • How to avoid scams, schemes, theft, and other problems
  • Comprehensive analysis of Federal Bureau of Prisons policy and regulatory guidelines

And much more!
Importantly, this text provides detailed instructions on how prisoners can protect their rights. The author is a college-educated prisoner who has fought extensively to preserve his rights and the rights of other prisoners.
Incarceration can be cruel for prisoners and their loved ones. Know what to expect and make the best of this time by staying safe, remaining safe, and building a life behind bars.
Learn more about Zoukis on his website or Buy the Book now.

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“A true resource for anyone involved with the prison system.” — Alan Ellis, America’s leading federal criminal defense attorney.
“Provides a wealth of useful information and solid advice. . . [A] treasure trove of penal acumen and knowledge.” — Alex Friedmann, Managing Editor, Prison Legal News
“The Federal Prison Handbook is one of my go-to guides for matters related to the federal prison system. An invaluable resource for attorneys . . . , prisoners, and their families.” — Jeremy Gordon, federal criminal defense and appellate attorney, General Counsel of Prisology
“This is the most informative . . . prison handbook that we’ve every seen; and we’ve seen them all.” — Mark Varca, expert attorney and Chairman of FedCURE


College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons

First published in 2014, award winning College for Convicts examines a wealth of studies by researchers, correctional professionals and educators.

First published in 2014, award winning College for Convicts examines a wealth of studies by researchers, correctional professionals and educators, finding an irrefutable conclusion: provide education to prisoners and they won’t return to crime.
American prisons hold about 2.3 million men and women – about 25% of the world’s prisoners. This costs American taxpayers $70 Billion per year, and up to 80% of prisoners return to jail within 3-5 years.
Recidivism rates (the number of prisoners who return to prison) are proven to drop dramatically with each additional level of education attained, and it is possible to achieve 0% recidivism. Not only would educating prisoners save taxpayers money, but it would also reduce crime rates and improve our families and community overall.
College for Convicts presents a workable solution to America’s over incarceration and recidivism problems, demonstrating that although controversial, great fiscal benefits arise when even modest sums are spent educating prisoners, instead of dedicating exponentially higher resources confining them.
As Christopher Zoukis says, “Not only does education change lives, but when used as a crime control strategy, it is the most cost-effective, proven method of reducing recidivism. The discussion concerning if prisoners deserve to receive an education behind bars should be tabled in favor of a discussion concerning how to improve public safety. The end goal of corrections is enhanced public safety, not enhanced punishment for punishment’s sake.”
“Incarcerated author Zoukis gives excellent examples to demonstrate that the US would benefit from higher education for inmates by preparing them for life after prison. The author cites statistics showing prisoners with higher education have a much lower recidivism rate, reducing prison overcrowding and saving society billions. The book ends with important appendixes on the FBP’s position, on becoming pen pals with prisoners, funding, free books, & more. A strongly suggested purchase. Highly recommended. All public & academic levels/libraries.”
— M. G. Meacham, Valdosta State University
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Prison Education Guide

Prison Education Guide is the most comprehensive guide to correspondence programs for prisoners available today.

Prison Education Guide, by Christopher Zoukis, is the fourth in a series of books by Prison Legal News Publishing.

The most comprehensive guide to correspondence programs for prisoners available today, this exceptional book provides the reader with step-by-step instructions to find the right educational program, enroll in courses and complete classes to meet their academic goals.

Perfect for the incarcerated student who lacks Internet access or the ability to attend education classes in person, Prison Education Guide is the latest and best resource on the market for the incarcerated nontraditional student. It includes a detailed analysis of the quality, cost, and course offerings of all college correspondence programs available to prisoners.

In a time when so many academic opportunities in prisons have been eliminated, this book is an invaluable re-entry tool for prisoners who seek to further their education while incarcerated and to help them prepare for life and work following their release.

Read reviews or purchase your copy of Prison Education Guide on Amazon.

The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel is a neatly-organized resource designed to assist litigants in advancing claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, the most common claim presented in post-conviction, habeas corpus proceedings. Citing cases from the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts, both published and unpublished, The Habeas Citebook breaks down ineffective assistance of counsel cases into 40 categories. From cases describing lawyers failing to investigate a defense, to conflicts of interests and misadvise on appeal, The Habeas Citebook is an essential resource for those examining former counsel’s performance, as well as for the formulation of well-supported claims of ineffective assistance.
The Habeas Citebook also contains extensive resource information for the prisoner putting together a habeas petition or other collateral attack, including various rules and procedural codes in their entirety, sample briefs, and informed advice on procedural matters.
As one would expect from a text published by Prison Legal News, The Habeas Citebook is a quality, well-researched resource for both prisoners and attorneys alike.
Read reviews or purchase your copy of The Habeas Citebook on Amazon.