Federal Prison Handbook Named Finalist in Eric Hoffer Book Award

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We are proud to announce Christopher Zoukis’ recently published book Federal Prison Handbook, has placed in the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award as a Finalist in the Reference category. The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as…

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Will Congress, Administration Let Inmate Pell Grants Expire This Year?

The orange jumpsuit and right tattooed arm of a prison inmate is pictured reading a book in prison

By Christopher Zoukis The Higher Education Act of 1965 created the Pell Grant program, designed to help low-income students afford college; an amendment to that law in 1972 explicitly made inmates eligible to apply for Pell grants, now the federal government’s largest educational assistance program for college students. But a…

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Prison Reform and Redemption Act: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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By Christopher Zoukis Introduction On July 24, 2017, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives titled the “Prison Reform and Redemption Act” (PRRA).1 The bill is co-sponsored by nine members of the 115th Congress, four of whom are fellow Republicans. According to the text of the…

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As BOP Plans Staff Reductions, Does “Augmentation” Show Efficiency or Understaffing?


By Christopher Zoukis In February 2018, federal union officials from across the nation met with legislators in Washington to lobby against proposed cuts in the fiscal year 2019 federal budget that would prevent the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) from filling an estimated 7,100 currently vacant staff positions in federal…

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