Journal Entry 

 Tuesday, December 26, 2023: Community Connections 

Michael Santos

Michael Santos

Title: Community Connections: Building Bridges Back to Society

In our ever-evolving society, the ability to connect, communicate, and build relationships is more crucial than ever. This is especially true for individuals transitioning from incarceration back into society. At Prison Professors Talent, our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” places a strong emphasis on writing and communication as vital tools for bridging the gap between prison life and the outside world. 

The Power of Effective Communication

When I began my incarceration, the internet had not yet begun. The limitations of prison walls seemed insurmountable. Yet, I knew that if I were to overcome the stigma of incarceration and build a meaningful life post-release, I needed to reach out, connect, and build relationships beyond those walls. Writing became my bridge to the outside world. Through letters, articles, and books, I began to shape my narrative and influence how others saw me – not just as a person in prison, but as a human being with ideas, dreams, and the potential for positive impact.

Writing as a Bridge to Society

In our course, we stress the importance of writing and communication. It’s not just about putting words on paper; it’s about learning to use language effectively to express yourself, share your journey, and influence perceptions. Your writing can transcend the physical barriers of prison, allowing you to establish connections, garner support, and lay the groundwork for your future success.

Memorializing Your Journey

We encourage you to start documenting your journey now. Use the platform at Prison Professors Talent to memorialize your efforts towards personal growth and preparation for reentry. This written record will not only serve as a testament to your journey but also show society the steps you’ve taken towards self-improvement. It’s about giving people a reason to believe in you, to see you for your preparations for success, rather than just your past.

Invitation to Share and Participate

Join us in “Preparing for Success after Prison” and start building your bridge back to society. Share your progress, challenges, and aspirations with us at [email protected]. Remember, by including “Request a Book” in the subject line of your email, we can donate a book from our resources to support your journey, provided our nonprofit has the resources available. Choose from titles like “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence,” or “Success after Prison” to illuminate your path.

Challenge for Our Readers

As part of your journey, we challenge you to think critically about the bridges you are building. Reflect on the following:

1. How can you use writing and communication to positively influence others’ perceptions of you?

2. What are the key messages you want to convey about your journey and your transformation?

3. How can your experiences and insights contribute to society once you are released?

In conclusion, at Prison Professors Talent, we understand the transformative power of communication and the importance of community connections. By using writing as a tool to bridge the gap between incarceration and society, you open doors to a future filled with opportunities and understanding. Let’s build these bridges together, turning challenges into stepping stones for success.

Respectfully,

Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent