I hope that you have enjoyed the content of this blog. I have put a lot of work into maintaining it. As a matter of fact, I’ve put in so much work that one might consider this my life’s work. After all, I’ve been doing this for the past five years and I’m only twenty-five now. More important are those who this blog has helped and the potential it has to help others.
It is my firm belief that just because a person has made a bad decision, it doesn’t mean that they should be restricted from accessing high-quality educational opportunities. It’s just plain un-American to hold a basic adult education out of reach from a particular demographic because of their past behavior or their current social status.
I guess that what I’m trying to get at is that this blog and the Education Behind Bars Newsletter advocate for more. They advocate for opportunities for the downtrodden. They advocate for support and information for families of the incarcerated and those that educate the incarcerated. And they advocate for the common good, the greater good. If only more would listen, more would understand what a vital need criminal justice reform is. But perhaps we shouldn’t restrict this to ‘criminal justice reform’, but ‘common sense’ or ‘evidence-based common sense reform.’
With this inaction and uncaring attitude from the general public comes a call to action to those who listen. The plight of the prisoner and their family is not touted on CNN, CNBC, or Fox News. It is shared by prisoners, their families, and the organizations that support them. With this being said, I humbly ask for your assistance. If you have found this blog and the Education Behind Bars
Newsletter to be helpful, then I ask you to do the following to support it:
First, I ask that you please share the existence of the Prison Education Blog and Education Behind Bars Newsletter with others who might find them of interest. This might mean telling a neighbor,family member, company, or even an organization. Heck, it might even mean telling your elected representative.
Second, I ask that you tweet about the Prison Education Blog and the Education Behind Bars Newsletter, link to them from your website, or simply mention them in passing to a friend who might enjoy them.
Third, I ask that you follow me on Twitter @Czoukis, that you subscribe to my RSS feed, and that you email me at Chriszoukis@gmail.com asking to be added to my email list.
Last, if possible, I ask that you donate to the cause. It’s certainly not free to maintain this website and the Education Behind Bars Newsletter eats up most of what I have to spare. Any donation that you can afford to make would be much appreciated. Even if you can only afford to send a roll of stamps, that would do wonders by allowing me to send EBBN for free to that many more prisoners.
All donations should be routed to the following address:
Education Behind Bars
P.O. Box 69
Berryville, AR 72616
***Financial instruments should be made out to ‘Midnight Express Books.’***
As always, keep your spirits up. There is light at the end of the tunnel and your loved ones will be with you one day. Until then, I’ll do what I can to ease the burden.
And for the prison educators, I stand tall and strong with you. I maintain my unwavering determination to make not only the plight of the prisoner-student, but the prison educator known, too. Together we can effect meaningful change!