Thursday, May 29, 2014

Directory of Federal Prisons Book Tour Highlights

It's so sad to see our authors go, but in tribute we do a recap of the highlights of their blog tour with us at Pump Up Your Book.  Today we're highlighting Christopher Zoukis and his Directory of Federal Prisons Virtual Book Publicity Tour.

About the Author:
Christopher Zoukis is an impassioned advocate for prison education, a legal scholar, and a prolific writer of books, book reviews, and articles.  His articles on
prison education and prison law appear frequently in Prison Legal News, and have been published in The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, Blog Critics, and Midwest Book Review, among other national, regional, and specialty publications.

Mr. Zoukis is often quoted on matters concerning prison law, criminal law, prisoners’ rights, and prison education.  Recently, he was the focus of an article at concerning America’s broken criminal justice system and potential solutions to the current crisis.

When not in the thick of the battle for prison reform, prison education, or prisoners’ rights advocacy, Mr. Zoukis can be found blogging at,, and

About the Book:

The DIRECTORY OF FEDERAL PRISONS:’s Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Directory by Christopher Zoukis and Dr. Randall
Radic is a comprehensive, yet succinct, guide to the contact information and basic character profile information of every prison within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, plus all private prisons under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to house federal inmates.

It is an essential guide for everyone who knows anyone incarcerated within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and sets the standard for basic character profiles and contact information for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This electronic guidebook enables attorneys, family members and friends of federal prisoners, journalists, government officials, prison volunteers, and members of the general public to quickly locate the contact information and inmate correspondence address of every prison within the Federal Bureau of Prisons and every private prison which houses federal inmates.

Virtual Book Tour Highlights: 

"My career as a writer has largely revolved around America's criminal justice system because I, in fact, am a federal prisoner. I am currently incarcerated at FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia. Due to my experiences with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a need was revealed. Prisoners are so often cut off from their families and loved ones due to restrictive correspondence policies. Likewise, it is a nightmare for journalists and reporters to obtain even basic information about the various Federal Bureau of Prisons' facilities. Thus this genre and the Directory of Federal Prisons. I aim to connect people, plain and simple."

-- Virginia Beach Publishing Examiner (click here to read more) 

"High-security institutions, also known as United States Penitentiaries (USPs), have highly-secured perimeters (featuring walls or reinforced fences), multiple- and single-occupant cell housing, the highest staff-to-inmate ratio, and close control of inmate movement."

-- I'm Shelf-ish (click here to read more) 

"The idea for the Directory of Federal Prisons was a natural outgrowth of my prison education and prisoners' rights advocacy.  In my work, I regularly field questions from prisoners' families, friends, attorneys, and even journalists who either need to get in contact with a federal prisoner or are in search of basic character profile information about a specific federal prison.  In an effort to help these diverse groups -- and more importantly, help keep families together -- I decided to compile the Directory of Federal Prisons.  The goal was to produce a product which would help connect people outside of federal prison with those inside.  I believe that this goal has been accomplished."

-- The Writer's Life (click here to read more) 

"There are few aspects of life that we hold so dear than the nearly instantaneous contact we have with our friends and loved ones. Mothers like to know that they can call their daughters on their cell phones to ensure that they are on their way home from school. Fathers like to call their sons to find out what parking lot to pick them up at when at the mall. And friends constantly text, instant message, and email about everything imaginable. This is the world we live in, and it has changed drastically with the technological revolution."

-- The Story Behind the Book (click here to read more) 

"The family members and friends of federal prisoners confined within the Federal Bureau of Prisons are a silent yet growing population in the United States.  As of December 2013, there were almost 218,000 federal prisoners housed across the United States in 189 federal facilities and 15 private prisons.  None of these federal prison inmates have access to a cell phone.  None can accept calls, they must place them at terminals in their housing units.  And none of them have access to regular email, instead they must use a restricted and scaled down service — and the BOP’s Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) — to send messages back and forth.  Their use of these communications can be prohibitively expensive, at a cost more than many make from their institutional work assignments each month."

-- Literal Exposure (click here to read more) 

Click here to visit Christopher's official tour page.


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