Co-pays Deter Prisoners from Accessing Medical Care

By Christopher Zoukis More than four decades have passed since Estelle v. Gamble, the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held prisoners cannot be denied necessary medical care under the Eighth Amendment. But when cash-strapped state Departments of Corrections charge co-pays for health care provided to sick prisoners – who earn meager…

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Lawsuit: FEC Won’t Act on Private Prison Firm’s Illegal Donations to Trump Campaign

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By Christopher Zoukis The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonprofit group filed a lawsuit Jan. 10 in federal district court in Washington, D.C. claiming the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has not acted on the group’s complaint, filed more than a year ago, that a private prison company made illegal six-figure…

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New York: Inhumanity in the Guise of Education at Rikers Island Jail

By Christopher Zoukis The New York City Board of Correction (BOC), which provides oversight of the city’s jails, has approved the use of controversial “restraint desks” for violent prisoners aged 18 to 21 held at the Rikers Island jail complex. The desks – used in classrooms where programming is provided…

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Federal Prison Handbook makes IndieReader’s “Best Reviewed” list


Christopher Zoukis’s 2017 release, the Federal Prison Handbook, has received a top accolade from IndieReader, making the list of Best-Reviewed Non-Fiction Books of 2017. “Federal Prison Handbook  is an invaluable resource for those incarcerated or with loved ones behind bars, as well as anyone curious about what life in a…

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Seventh Circuit Approves Use of “Correctional Cure-All” and Insensitive Treatment of Sick Prisoner

By Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled against a prisoner who claimed that his serious medical needs were treated with deliberate indifference at an Illinois prison. Nathaniel Harper was imprisoned at Centralia Correctional Center when he became ill with stomach pains, vomiting…

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