Prison Problems | Prison Advocates
Prison can be a confusing and complicated place. There can be a lot of red tape when it comes to navigating the federal prison system. This red tape has the potential of causing prison problems for inmates. When these prison issues occur, you need the services of an inmate advocate. At the Zoukis Consulting Group, our prison advocates stand ready to help you in your time of need.
There are processes and procedures and endless forms involved, whether you are seeking to switch cells, preparing for parole for old law prisoners, petitioning for clemency, or objecting to a disciplinary action against you. There are different processes involved in seeking referrals, making requests, lodging complaints, communicating with family members, filing petitions, and accessing various programs. These can easily overwhelm inmates and their families.
We provide expert prisoner support to help advocate for your needs and wants within the prison system. We discuss concerns and goals, provide background information, research issues, file appropriate forms, and will write, email, and call Federal Bureau of Prisons officials on behalf of you to fulfill your objectives.
At the Zoukis Consulting Group, we know that our work doesn't stop when our clients enter prison. In fact, federal prisoners experience many types of prison problems which can be effectively managed by experienced prison advocates. These prison issues can span everything from lack of medical care and unjust disciplinary action to seeking a transfer to a prison closer to home and help creating a life behind bars. Regardless of the prison problem at hand, the experienced inmate advocates at Zoukis Consulting Group can help.
How Our Prison Advocates Work
Our in-prison services tend to revolve around a specific prison issue which our clients want resolved in a specific manner. Regardless of what the prison problem might be, our inmate advocates take a standardized approach. We start by speaking with the client and their family to understand the issue, what led to the issue, and what resolution our clients would prefer. During this phase we also obtain any necessary background documentation to round-out our understanding of the issue and for use in our advocacy.
With a firm understanding of the issue at hand, our team then goes into our strategy phase where we explore various options for resolving the client's prison issue. Unlike other prison consulting firms, we don't simply start by filing an administrative remedy. We prefer to think outside the box to find an approach which is targeted to the specific issue and the client's objective. Our formalized strategy is then presented to the client and their family for approval. Once approved, our federal prison consultants -- and, if indicated, retained counsel -- launch into action.
Typical Structure of Services Provided
In the prison problems arena, we tend to start by educating our clients about the policy governing the prison issue at hand. This way the client understands what is supposed to happen in a certain situation. From here, we apply the client's situation to governing policy and show how the client's situation and regulation differ. It is from this nexus that we attack the issue.
When dealing with a prison issue, we have found that three approaches net the best results (often these approaches are combined in a strategic manner):
1. Help the Client Help Themselves: We advise the incarcerated client of the policy and assist them in best advocating for themselves. Many times, prison problems can be resolved in a softer manner such as this. The benefit to this approach is that prison staff don't feel attacked or pushed around. This helps to preserve the relationship between inmate and staff. Simply put: If a Bureau staff member can be guided into resolving the issue to our client's liking, then the process tends to be quicker, less expensive, and doesn't create an antagonistic or confrontational atmosphere with staff.
2. Administrative Remedies: Administrative remedies, also referred to as grievances, are a versatile tool for resolving prison problems. Almost any issue can be challenged through the filing of a formal administrative remedy. The key is to make compelling, policy-oriented arguments. Our staff regularly researches and drafts administrative remedies for our incarcerated clients to file. We also draft appeals when administrative remedies are denied. Often, inmates must appeal their administrative remedy to their Warden (BP-9) or the Regional Director (BP-10) before a true review of the grieved prison issue is properly addressed.
3. Contact Prison Staff: In conjunction with the above approaches, or even separately, we find that contacting prison staff directly can be an effective tool for resolving a prison issue. Bureau staff are not accustomed to having external oversight by prison policy experts. When our federal prison consultants contact prison staff on your behalf, they take note. This is even more so the case when they consider our policy-oriented communications. The typical approach we like to take here is to first send a letter or email to the appropriate Bureau official and to then follow-up with them through a phone call. This approach is particularly effective when used in conjunction with administrative remedies as it draws significant attention to the prison problems.
Our prison advocates have significant experience addressing client problems and can craft a strategy to give you the highest likelihood of success. While no prison consultant can guarantee a particular outcome, we can put you on your best footing for a successful resolution to the prison issue you are facing.
Types of Prison Problems and Prison Issues
It's hard to create a comprehensive list of prison problems because there are a wide variety of them, though most inmates will only deal with a few during their term of incarceration. To better assist you with conceptualizing the types of in-prison services offered, we have prepared a list of commonly provided services:
- Prison Transfer Assistance
- Health Care Advocacy
- Inmate Disciplinary Defense
- Halfway House Maximization
- Direct to Home Confinement Placement
- Challenges to Visitation Denials
- Assistance Getting Loved Ones Out of the Special Housing Unit (SHU)
- Prison Education Consultations
- Compassionate Release Petitions
- Contesting Email Restrictions for Sex Offenders
- Reviewing and Challenging Security Level Designations
- Grievances Based on a Variety of Issues
Please see the comprehensive listing of links at the bottom of this page to read more about specific in-prison service offerings.
Our Prison Advocates
When considering hiring a prison consultant, it is important to hire the right one to ensure the best possible outcome for your prison problems. You need a consultant with a comprehensive knowledge of Bureau of Prisons policies and operations, the ability to think both creatively and strategically, and a proven track record of success. At the Zoukis Consulting Group, we check all of these boxes and plenty more.
Our team of prison advocates is led by prison policy expert Christopher Zoukis. In addition to helping clients resolve in-prison issues for over the past decade, Chris is also the author of the Federal Prison Handbook, Prison Education Guide, and College for Convicts. He has also been quoted in major media outlets concerning federal prison matters, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, and the Detroit Free Press. Simply stated: Chris isn't only a prison consultant, he's the prison consultant. Trust your case to a seasoned veteran. Hire the Zoukis Consulting Group today to assist you in resolving your prison issue.
Your Prison Problems Solution
If you or a loved one are incarcerated in a federal prison and need the help of an inmate advocate, contact us at the Zoukis Consulting Group. Our team of prison advocates stand ready to assist you with your prison problems, regardless of the prison issue. Email [email protected] today to get help with your in-prison issue. You can also read about our other prison consulting services and fee structure.
- Family Member Care and Assistance
- Management Variables Requests
- Online Reputation Management for Inmates
- Parole Preparation for Old Law Inmates
- Personal Needs Assistance
- Prison Educational Consultation
- Prison Transfers
- TRULINCS Email Restrictions and Appeals
- Visitation Regulations and Denial Appeals