Michael G. Santos
Of Cuban descent, Santos was sentenced for drug trafficking (selling cocaine) aged 23 in 1987, receiving a 45-year sentence for "operating a continuing criminal enterprise". He served time in 19 different prisons across the U.S. He was released to community confinement in August 2012, aged 48, having served 25 years and two days (total of 9,135 days in federal custody). During his journey, Michael served time in prisons of every security level, from a maximum security cell block to a fenceless camp.[dubious ]
While in prison, he divorced, got married, earned an undergraduate degree from Mercer University in 1992, a master's degree from Hofstra University in 1995, began a doctorate at the University of Connecticut, and developed programs and resources for inmates and their families. During his incarceration, he has written and published seven books and a number of articles, including for The Huffington Post and elsewhere, including Forbes. His work, written in longhand, and digitized by his wife, who published his comments on a blog, has received significant recognition and has been used in courses on criminal justice. Since leaving prison, he has become a life coach, and continues participating in the discussion of prison reform. He has worked as a staff lecturer at San Francisco State University, and he has lectured at numerous other universities, including Stanford, a law school class at University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley.
- Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-year Prison Term (2011)
- Triumph!: Straight-A Guide to Preparing Offenders for Reentry (2011)
- Prison! My 8,344th Day (2010)
- Step Up and Don't Look Back (2007)
- Gangsters and Thugs: Consequences That Hustlers Pay (2007)
- Inside: Life Behind Bars in America (2007)
- What If I Go to Prison? (2004)
- "Michael Santos – Rare Success in Prison Rehabilitation on". Ethicsdaily.com. 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- Sam Whiting (2012-11-24). "Inmate shares prison survival strategies". SFGate. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- "While in prison, Michael Santos reconciles with society | California Forward". Cafwd.org. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- "THELAWNET | Home » By Stubbornly Refusing To Live Down To Expectations, Michael Santos Redefines Citizenship And Explodes A Noxious Narrative". Thelaw.net. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- "Power In Prison". Forbes.com. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- Xeni Jardin at 2:15 pm Wed, Jan 9. "What is it like to be exposed to new technology after 20+ years in prison?". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-01-20.