Atlanta Federal Prison Inmates Freely Come and Go


By Christopher Zoukis In the late ’60s and early ’70s, late-night talk show host and comedian Dick Cavett used to tell stories about his none-too-bright cousin Norman. How dumb was Norman? Well, in one of a long series of failures, Norman set out to become a zookeeper, but couldn’t make…

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BOP Settlement May Bring Florida Prison Women Workers $20 Million

By Christopher Zoukis In one of the largest-ever employment sex discrimination class-action settlements, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and 524 current and former female workers at the nation’s largest federal prison complex for males have ended a lawsuit launched in 2013. The agreement could bring class members as much…

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Grassley Prods Silent BOP on Remedies for Wrong Release Dates


By Christopher Zoukis Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is demanding answers from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on why it hasn’t acted on recommendations made last May by the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general to reduce incorrect incarceration release dates. First, a little history: Jermaine Hickman, convicted…

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AG Sessions Says Private Prisons Are Back in Business with BOP


By Christopher Zoukis Well, that didn’t last long. You’ll remember the fanfare with which the Obama administration last Aug. 18 announced its plan to phase out all use of private-run prisons by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The campaign was kicked off a week earlier with the unveiling of…

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Incarcerated Author Releases Federal Prison Handbook


When Christopher Zoukis first went to prison over 10 years ago, he was completely unprepared. “I had no idea how the system worked, where I was going or what to expect,” says Zoukis, who is still incarcerated at FCI Petersburg in Virginia. Like most of the other 10 million Americans…

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How the Bureau of Prisons Manages Risk Relevant Behaviors by Sex Offenders


By Christopher Zoukis A trend has emerged in recent years concerning the treatment and management of incarcerated sex offenders: prison administrators are conjuring up new and more restrictive means of managing the sex offenders housed in their prison systems. Over the years, a plethora of restrictive tools have been employed…

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Taping Inmate-Lawyer Conferences Stirs Outrage at Kansas Prison

By Christopher Zoukis It began last year during an investigation of contraband smuggling into the Leavenworth Detention Center, a privately run federal prison in Kansas operated by CoreCivic, formerly known as the Corrections Corporation of America. During that investigation, a federal prosecutor in Kansas City told a private defense lawyer…

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Top 5 Corrlinks News Services: How Federal Prisoners Stay Connected to the Outside World


By Christopher Zoukis From within the belly of the beast, federal prisoners are largely cut off from the outside world. While some subscribe to mainstream publications and newspapers, prisoners are increasingly coming to rely on news services which deliver news articles via TRULINCS computers in their housing units. Each…

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State Prison Suicides Climbed 30% in One Year


By Christopher Zoukis The number of inmate suicides in state prisons climbed by more than 30 percent during a one-year period, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the Department of Justice. The statistical study, Mortality in State Prisons, 2001-2014, released on Dec. 15,…

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DOJ Inspector General Identifies Challenges for Federal Prisons


By Christopher Zoukis What are the biggest challenges facing the Department of Justice in 2017? Michael Horowitz, the DOJ’s inspector general, gave his views on that question late last year, in a report titled Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Justice, released on Nov. 11. Required annually…

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