At the start of June, pink flyers announcing LGBT Month started appearing around FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia, where I am incarcerated. The fliers, along with many colorful postings in the Education Department, explained what LGBT means: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. They profiled famous and successful LGBT persons and generally strived to inject an element of understanding into the prison population, a population somewhat low on the concepts of compassion and understanding — particularly as it concerns gender and social issues.

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About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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  1. John F on July 15, 2014 at 5:12 am

    I saw that article. I feel like awareness in the prison system and an understanding of the differences of others is perhaps more important there than anywhere else. A lack of understanding is likely one of the main issues that leads to criminal behavior. The more they accept others for who they are, the better they will probably be when back in society.

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