All justice-impacted people should think about how they’re going to succeed upon release. I completed my obligation to the Bureau of Prisons on August 12, 2013—almost ten years ago. I’m still thinking about how I’m going to succeed. Since I served 26 years in prison, I always consider myself unemployable—at least in the traditional sense. I work to create my own tools, tactics, and resources.
People in our community should do the same. In our course, Preparing for Success after Prison, we show the importance of preparation. We hope that you’re not only working through the course for the purpose of earning time credits or to get a certificate. Use the lessons we offer to build tools, tactics, and resources that will help you succeed.
For example, I’m investing considerable resources to build our platform, Prison Professors Charitable Corporation. It’s an asset that will help people in prison self-advocate. If they memorialize the steps they’re taking to build and execute an extraordinary and compelling release plan. When people show how and why they can bring value, opportunities open.
For example, today I am launching a campaign to recruit more university interns. Interns can provide enormous help with our advocacy efforts. To attract those opportunities, I’m going to send a brochure. Below is an example of the draft that I will turn into a brochure. Had I not prepared during my imprisonment, I would not be able to open these opportunities.
I encourage all members of our community to begin thinking today about the success they aspire to become. Develop a plan. Create tools, tactics, and resources that will help you succeed at every stage of the journey.
And remember, we believe in you!
Prison Professors Charitable Corporation Intern Program
About Michael Santos: A Journey from Inmate to Advocate
Michael Santos, once a young man involved in the illicit drug trade, faced the consequences of his actions. A federal judge sentenced him to a lengthy term in federal prison. During the 26 years of his imprisonment, Michael transformed himself from a criminal to an advocate for criminal justice reform. During his incarceration, he:
- Earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree,
- Authored several books to shed light on the intricacies of the criminal justice system,
- He married the love of his life,
- Prepared to emerge successfully.
Upon completing 9,500 days behind bars, Michael’s journey took a turn for the better. San Francisco State University recognized his efforts and offered him a position as an adjunct professor. Alongside his academic endeavors, Michael founded various businesses, including the Prison Professors Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit that promotes a more just and rehabilitative approach to criminal justice.
Special Offer: A Day with Michael Santos
Michael Santos is offering to visit your university for an entire day of enlightening presentations. Universities can host a grand, auditorium-style exhibition or multiple intimate classroom sessions. The best part? Our nonprofit will cover all travel expenses. If your university or any student organization has a budget, our nonprofit would greatly appreciate any donations to further our cause.
Internship Opportunities: Be a Part of the Change
The Prison Professors Charitable Corporation is looking for passionate interns eager to make a difference. Interns who join our team will be crucial in pushing for reforms prioritizing rehabilitation over punishment.
Roles and Responsibilities for Interns:
Social Media Expertise:
Help us amplify our voice and reach a wider audience. Your role will involve managing and growing our online presence across various platforms.
Use your creative skills to design compelling visuals that convey our message and resonate with our audience.
Assist in organizing campaigns to raise funds that will be instrumental in furthering our mission.
Develop and execute marketing strategies to promote our cause and attract more supporters.
Social Justice Outreach:
Engage with communities, organizations, and individuals to spread awareness about our initiatives and the broader issues.
Previous Keynote Examples:
Join Us in Our Mission
If you’re a student with a passion for justice, a knack for social media, or graphic design and marketing skills, we want you on our team. This internship opens an opportunity to be part of a movement that aims to reshape the criminal justice system for the better.
For more information or to apply, please contact us today:
The Prison Professors Charitable Corporation is a registered nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.