I have striven to educate myself, better myself, and rehabilitate myself during my time in prison. I have also tried to help other prisoners by writing about important issues, such as the education system (or lack thereof) in prisons. The Bureau of Prisons did not encourage me in my efforts to ensure that I rejoin the community a reformed person. Instead, the Bureau has done what it could to shut me down, censor my writing, and discourage my pursuit of a better, crime-free life.

But I only have a year left. Here’s to hoping that the Bureau of Prison’s counter-terrorism department can find something better to do than censor my writing.

Christopher Zoukis is the author of Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons, College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Co., 2014) and Prison Education Guide (Prison Legal News Publishing, 2016). He can be found online at ChristopherZoukis.com and PrisonerResource.com.