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Federal Prisoner Who Blogged For HuffPost Has No First Amendment Rights, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A blogger who wrote for The Huffington Post while serving a federal prison sentence didn't have a First Amendment right to publish an arti...

Good Prison Reform Helps the Most Offenders Possible

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Long story short, when thinking about prison reform, stakeholders need to consider the needs of the many, not the few. Reforms should be applicable to most prisoners, not solely first-time, non-violent drug offenders.

Early Release Drops Prison Population Down, But Is Not a Long-Term Solution

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While the recent release of drug offenders is a promising start, those releases were for prisoners who were already close to leaving. In the coming two or three years, we'll see several thousand more such early releases related to that initiative, with a total of tens of thousands of federal prisoners effected by the sentencing reduction.

There's No Subway in Federal Prison: What Jared's Prison Experience Will Likely Look Like

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While the story isn't yet finished being written, Jared is heading to a place where there are no $5 footlong subs. There are also no private jets and little privacy to speak of. But there will be bars, walls, fences, and prison guards with guns patrolling the perimeter.

Solitary Confinement: A Personal Take

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Looking into the future of American corrections, I present a question to both myself and others: If not solitary confinement, then what? For the most part there is no good answer in the current model of coercive rule.

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Beyond the Prison Gates?

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.04.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In this day and age predictive crime is what criminal justice is all about. We sentence criminals to a term of imprisonment, which is often mixed with a term of supervised release or parole, to a degree designed to adequately punish them for their misdeeds.

A Look at the Prisoner Transport System

Seth Ferranti | Posted 10.14.2015 | Crime
Seth Ferranti

With the recent spate of prison bus crashes, it's time to look into the operating and safety methods being employed when prisoners are in transit.

18 States Have Packed Prisons Over Maximum Capacity

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Eighteen states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons operated their prison facilities at more than 100 percent capacity at the end of 2014,...

5 Tips Every Federal Criminal Defendant Should Know

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Being someone who has gone through the process -- and tried to help others avoid or make up for mistakes -- we present the following five tips for every federal criminal defendant. By adhering to these tips, an individual may be able to knock time off their sentence, be housed at an easier prison, or overturn their conviction.

Federal Prisons Will Now Recognize Humanism As A Religion

Religion News Source | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion

Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. (RNS) The Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to recognize humanism as a rel...

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Liz Ryan

The president and congress should not leave out youth behind bars in efforts to reform criminal justice this year and their actions must focus on reforms at both the federal and state level. Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind.

Dental Care in the Federal Bureau of Prisons: Sandpaper and Epoxy

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While many feel that prisoners are undeserving of modern amenities such as televisions and workout equipment, that's a debate for another day. Today the debate concerns health care, dental care in particular.

Prisons Without Walls: We're All Inmates in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.16.2016 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"Free worlders" is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the "free world." However, appearances can be deceiving.

Promoting Prison Rape: Shortsighted Policies Put Trans Prisoners at Risk of Sexual Assault

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Zoukis

As May came to an end there was a buzz of hope and progress amongst the transgender prisoner population at FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia.

One Pronoun at a Time: The Struggle for Transgender Health in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Zoukis

What many on the outside looking in don't realize is that this isn't about "special" treatment. For people with gender dysphoria (a diagnosis recognized in the DSM-V), physiological and psychological treatment is medically necessary. These things are not optional, but even so it's been a battle to make them available in prisons.

The Curious Case of Legal Mail

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Federally, the law is very clear on legal correspondence. In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, outgoing mail can be sealed and mailed via legal mail call every weekday morning. Correctional staff are not permitted to read these outgoing letters.

I Won't Be Coming Home for Christmas: The Christmas Experience in Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.05.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While it doesn't even come close to mom's egg and sausage Christmas brunch, I try to pick up a few seasonal items in my prison's commissary. Is it depressing? Yes. Does it hurt? Yes. But it is all that I have.

The Right to Write: How the Disciplinary System Comes down on Incarcerated Writers

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.23.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While I might not be able to protect myself, you, the American people can. I'm nothing but an inmate. That I know. But I'm an inmate who is willing to force an issue in the public sphere.

One Incarcerated, Transgender Buddhist's Experience With Medical Care in Federal Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Christopher Zoukis

"Frankly, I'm terrified I won't be able to walk anymore. Prison in a wheelchair... I can't imagine it."

Drugs Minus Two FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Amendment 782

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.16.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The retroactive amendment represents a watershed moment in federal drug sentencing that will likely bring relief to tens of thousands of federal prisoners. To clear up some misconceptions on the matter, we're presenting answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

The 5 Best Items to Send to Your Loved One in Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While many items are prohibited in American jails and prisons, some are still allowed. And it is these items that can make a stay in the slammer that much more bearable and less toxic.

USSC Unanimously Votes for Drug Reduction Retroactivity: Thousands of Federal Prisoners to Be Released Early

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last week, in a historic victory for nearly 46,000 federal drug offenders, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to apply recent amendments to the federal drug sentencing guidelines retroactively to all eligible offenders.

Time to Bring an End to Torture in Our Jails

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 05.05.2014 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

What the senators now know is that long-term solitary confinement is torture and therefore immoral, antithetical to rehabilitation, fiscally wasteful, endangers institutional and community safety, and must be brought to an end.

Chris Kirkham

Border Crossers Land In Private Prisons, Sparking Riots Over Conditions

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 09.27.2012 | Business

This spring, a group of inmates at a privately operated federal prison in Mississippi -- most of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico -- rose up a...

Immigration Detention: The Golden Goose for Private Prisons

Amnesty International | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

Imprisoning immigrants should not be a golden goose for private corporations,