My name is Michael Santos. As part of my work to improve the outcomes of our nation’s criminal justice system, I have spoken with many federal judges. Two of those judges agreed to participate in a video interview. I asked them about steps a person could take to prepare in advance of sentencing. Listen and learn from what they said in the videos below. In the presentations, both judges spoke with me about the importance of character reference letters:
I came into the system without an understanding of what to expect.
If you’re thinking about sentencing, you must think about all the preparations that you’re able to make. Indeed, your defense attorney will work on your behalf. The videos above and below give you clear guidance: judges want to learn more about the people they’re about to sentence.
For that reason, every defendant should invest time and energy to learn how to write the perfect character-reference letter. Although they may ask others to write character-reference letters on their behalf, few people know how to write a letter to a judge. This course on writing effective character-reference letters will help.
Through this digital course, you’ll get a series of modules. Each module includes a video where I help participants understand how to write a persuasive character reference letter. Expect the following from this course:
Following those tutorials, we offer several templates that will help your family, friends, and colleagues as they draft character-reference letters on your behalf.
Finally, we’ll offer some bonus material that will prove useful.
Watch the remaining videos on this page to learn why our team at Prison Professors is an excellent resource for you if you’re facing sentencing or prison.
Besides Judge Bennett, who gave us invaluable insight, we can also learn from Judge Bough, who speaks about the importance he places on a defendant’s preparation for sentencing. If you’re serious about wanting to work toward the best possible outcome, learn how best-practices for preparing.
If you’re facing a criminal charge, you’re in a critical time of your life. The decisions you make every day will have an enormous influence on your future. For that reason, our team at Prison Professors offers considerable amounts of information to help.
I was 20 years old when I began making decisions that led me into trouble with the law. Authorities arrested me in 1987 when I was 23. Had I understood more about the challenges ahead, I may have made better, more informed decisions.
Instead, I went through the judicial proceedings blindly. I did not know what options were available to me, and the lawyer I hired did not help. I am responsible for the bad decisions I made. By not understanding the system, I exposed myself to severe sanctions.
After a jury convicted me of all counts, a judge sentenced to 45 years in prison. Had I made better decisions, my sentence would have been far less.
Don’t go into a criminal charge blindly. Start preparing for sentencing immediately with our Preparation for Sentencing Course.
The video below will show more about my journey through 26 years in prison, and some of what I learned.
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