Michael Santos

Prison Professor

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30 Years Experience

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Michael Santos served 26 years in federal prisons of every security level. While incarcerated he earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and a master’s degree from Hofstra University. Michael’s commitment to success during his first decade prepared him to write several books (including Earning Freedom and Inside: Life Behind Bars in America) that university professors use to educate students about the prison system.

Prison Professors teaches lessons that empower people to live a life of relevance before, during, and after confinement.

Michael Santos shows clients how to make productive use of time while preparing for success upon release. While in federal prison, Michael married his wife, Carole. Through his earnings in prison, he supported Carole. Together, they climbed through his final decade. Michael’s earnings from publishing in federal prison allowed Carole to return to school to become a registered nurse.

Besides supporting his family, Michael prepared for success while in prison. Prior to his release, he saved enough money to build his business. He shows others how they can do the same. His preparations inside led to numerous business and career opportunities. San Francisco State University hired Michael to begin teaching only 17 days after he walked out of prison.

Despite serving more than a quarter century in prisons of every security level, Michael Santos prepared for success. He returned to society strong, with his dignity intact. He built a career as an educator. He created digital programs that he sells to the criminal justice system and to schools. Michael serves on the advisory panel for the Robina Institute of Criminal Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Michael’s primary focus is on creating digital content for enterprise and government clients. He also consults with people who want to prepare for the best possible outcome from struggle. As an author of content for Prison Professors, Michael strives to help others. He is active as a keynote speaker and trainer. To learn more, contact Michael at 415-419-1728.