Who is Christopher Zoukis?
Christopher Zoukis, a young writer currently incarcerated at FCC Petersburg (Medium), is an impassioned and active prison education advocate, a legal commentator, and prolific writer of books, book reviews, and prison law articles. While living in federal prison at various security levels, retaliations for his activism have earned him long stretches in solitary, or "the hole."
Recently, Christopher published his latest book, the Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Today Christopher is also successfully working on a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business/Law) from Adams State University. Following his 2016 graduation, he plans on attending Adams State University's MBA program. He regularly advises fellow prisoners and prison consultants about legal issues and federal regulations governing the Federal Bureau of Prisons operations. Upon release he plans to attend law school and become a federal criminal defense attorney.
Christopher is a regular contributor to various publications such as The Huffington Post, the New York Journal of Books and AND Magazine. His book reviews, articles, essays and poems have appeared in the Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Blog Critics, Midwest Book Review, Basil and Spice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, Wikipedia and others, with content syndicated by the Associated Press, Google News, and Yahoo News.
Christopher is also a Prison Legal News Contributing Writer, the founder of PrisonEducation.com and a former editor of the Education Behind Bars Newsletter. He has been a staff writer at various law publications and is an authorized book reviewer for the Crown Publishing Group (part of Random House).
To learn more about Christopher, including his resumé, awards, education and professional memberships, visit our Resumé and Published Works page.
Currently, Christopher is engaged in a number of writing projects, including several novels, a guide to federal incarceration, other regular writing commitments and his studies (both legal and academic).
He has also become successful in the internal prison litigation realm and is now a sought-after consultant on a number of matters (both in-prison and out of prison). In fact, he has personally successfully litigated against the Federal Bureau of Prisons concerning First Amendment, disciplinary, custody and classification, legal activities, correspondence, medical and food service matters.
While he personally assists fellow prisoners with filing administrative remedies, contesting disciplinary matters, locating viable correspondence education programs and advocating for those who are being medically neglected, he assists even more fellow prisoners by consulting on their legal projects. His legal expertise is demonstrated by his contributions to Prison Legal News.
Christopher Zoukis was born in March 1986, adopted at birth and raised in the Atlanta, Georgia area. He grew up in a loving home in the upscale Atlanta neighborhoods of Ansley Park and Brookhaven.
The Zoukis family included his older sister and dedicated mother and father. His mother Suzan Zoukis was a respected homemaker, sought-after volunteer organizational leader and loving mother. His father Stephen Zoukis, an engineer and attorney by training, was a successful commercial real estate developer holding senior positions at Jamestown Management and the Raven Cliff Land Company.
Unfortunately for Christopher and his family, he was always a rather rambunctious child with a propensity to take matters to the extremes, including substance abuse in his later teens. As such, he spent time in several drug and alcohol treatment centers. In 2006, as a senior in high school, his life stopped dead in its tracks. He went to prison – Find Out Why.
Early on in his Incarceration, Christopher decided to change his life. He earned his GED, then completed a number of programs in Bible studies and Law. He received his High School Diploma from Penn Foster High School, and college followed thereafter.
Today, Mr. Zoukis is no longer the confused child he once was. He has transformed himself from a low-skilled high school dropout to an educated student of many disciplines. When Christopher leaves prison he will do so as a highly-skilled, highly-focused professional with a number of years of work experience under his belt in the legal and advocacy fields.
Christopher Zoukis is scheduled to be released from prison in September 2018. Until then, he will, in his own words, "Do today what will make tomorrow the day I want it to be. For now, that means studying, working, publishing, and helping my fellow prisoners however I might. Outside of that, we'll see what falls on my doorstep. Regardless of what it is, I'm sure it will be an adventure."