Michael Santos

Michael is federal prisoner number 16377-004. He has been incarcerated since 1987, when he was 23. He is currently confined in the Taft Federal Prison Camp, serving his 25th consecutive year as a federal prisoner. Although Michael doesn’t have a history of violence, weapons, or previous incarceration, a judge sanctioned him to a 45-year sentence for convictions related to the distribution of cocaine.

While serving multiple decades of prison in every security level, Michael has worked consistently to earn freedom and reconcile with society for the reckless decisions of his early 20s. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in 1992 while he was confined in the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta. He earned his master’s degree from Hofstra University in 1995 while he was confined at the Federal correctional Institution, McKean, in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Michael leveraged his educational credentials as he advanced his commitment to earning freedom and preparing for a law-abiding life upon release. He built a strong support network that includes leading citizens who endorse his work and use it as a resource to teach others. From within the federal prison system Michael has written numerous books that publishers have brought to market in order to contribute to the education of tens of thousands. He works tirelessly—through his writings, teachings, and personal example—to show other prisoners how to prepare for success upon release from prison. Readers may follow Michael’s progress through his daily and weekly accountability logs, and through his professed values and goals.

Justin Paperny

Justin Paperny is a former stockbroker and professional investment advisor. He graduated from the University of Southern California, where he thrived as a student-athlete. Justin served a relatively brief federal prison term at Taft Federal Prison Camp as a consequence of his conviction related to violations of securities laws.

While serving his sentence with Michael, Justin embraced the same values- and goal-driven strategies, as well as the commitment to earning freedom. He collaborated with Michael in designing curriculum and lesson plans that others could use to prepare for law-abiding, contributing lives as responsible citizens.

Since Justin’s release from federal prison, he has continued to collaborate with Michael, devoting his career to showing others how to make values-based decisions and lead goal-oriented lives. Justin is the author of Lessons From Prison and Ethics in Motion; Justin lives as an example of how to emerge from prison as a law-abiding, contributing citizen. He teachers others how to embrace such strategies through his career as a professional speaker, consultant, and seminar leader.

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