Journal Entry 

 Education Behind Bars 

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Michael Santos

Education Behind Bars: A Gateway to New Beginnings

Education has the power to transform lives, a truth vividly illustrated in the story of Tulio Cardozo. His journey from incarceration to becoming a beacon of hope and change is a testament to the transformative power of education, especially behind bars.

 Tulio Cardozo’s Inspiring Journey

Tulio’s story began with a path that many find themselves on: a young man making poor decisions, leading to drug crimes and a lengthy prison sentence. However, it was within the confines of prison that Tulio discovered his passion for technology. Without access to computers, he immersed himself in books, learning about network and website design. This self-education became the foundation of his remarkable transformation.

 The Power of Self-Education in Prison

Tulio’s dedication to learning, even in an environment as challenging as prison, highlights the incredible potential of education behind bars. He understood that to reconcile with society and avoid further complications with the law, he needed to change his trajectory. His commitment to education was his gateway to a new beginning.

 Success Beyond the Bars

Upon release, Tulio’s efforts bore fruit. He applied his knowledge in technology, eventually securing a leadership role in a nonprofit that teaches coding to incarcerated individuals. His story is not just about personal success; it’s about giving back, about transforming his experience into a tool to help others in similar situations.

 Tulio Cardozo: A Role Model for Change

Today, Tulio works with prison system leaders, advocating the importance of technology education in rehabilitation. His journey from a felon to a respected professional and mentor is a powerful reminder of the potential that lies within each person, regardless of their past.

 Our Course: Lighting the Path

Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” embodies this spirit of transformation through education. We believe in the power of learning to open doors to new opportunities and brighter futures.

Invitation to Join and Grow: Share your journey of learning and growth with us at [email protected]. By including “Request a Book” in your email subject line, you can access resources like “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence” and others, subject to our nonprofit’s resources.

 Books to Empower and Inspire:

1. Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence

2. Success after Prison

3. Prison! My 8,344th Day

4. Release Plan 2024

5. Preparing for Success after Prison

 Challenge: The Education Commitment Task

Reflect on an area of interest or a skill you wish to develop. Commit to taking one step towards learning more about this area, whether it’s reading a book, taking an online course, or simply researching more about it. Share your commitment and progress with us, and let’s explore the transformative power of education together.


Tulio Cardozo’s story is a vivid illustration of how education can serve as a gateway to new beginnings, especially for those who have faced the challenges of incarceration. It’s a journey of self-empowerment, resilience, and ultimately, giving back to the community. At Prison Professors Talent, we are committed to supporting this journey for every individual who seeks to turn their life around through the power of education.


Michael Santos  

Founder, Prison Professors Talent

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