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Prison Consultant Advice

Prison Consultant Released from Federal Prison I’m Michael Santos and I help people prepare strategies that lead to their release from prison at the soonest possible time. I wrote the articles on this news blog during the final years of the 26 years that I served in federal prison camp. Now I’m a federal prison […]

Benefits of Prison Reform

 I received a wonderful article on an effective prison industries program that once operated in the Lansing State Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas. The article described a partnership between a private company and officials in the Kansas State prison system. The progressive program would work well in any prison setting, contributing to safer communities, safer […]

600 Days Without Mercy

September 12, 2010 marks President Obama’s 600th day in office–he has yet to grant a single act of mercy in the form of a commutation or pardon. The petitions currently on file number in the thousands.

Prison Reform: It’s More Expensive to Do Nothing

We received a message about a new documentary film dealing with criminal justice reform andwe are pleased to post this link to the film’s trailer; it’s an important project that is worthy of support. “‘It’s More Expensive to Do Nothing’ is the definitive documentary about what actually works in modern criminal justice. The film is by […]

Another Call for Prison Reform in the United States

Here is an excellent editorial from The Seattle Times on 8/15/2010 calling for prison reform: America behind bars: The time is ripe for prison reform Neal Peirce / Syndicated columnist For hard-to-defend reasons, and at staggering fiscal cost, the United States incarcerates people at a rate five times Great Britain’s, nine times Germany’s, 12 times […]

Prison Reform: In The News

Here are links to a couple of timely articles discussing the issue of much-needed prison reform in America Rough justice in America Too many laws, too many prisoners Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas Will Obama Take On Prison Reform?

G. Gordon Liddy Talks Prison with Justin Paperny

Justin Paperny was a guest on G. Gordon Liddy’s national radio show on July 27, 2010 discussing his prison experience at Taft, his book (Lessons From Prison), and being mentored by Michael Santos. Click here to listen

National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010 passes in the House

H.R. 5143: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010 (partner bill to Senator Jim Webb’s [ S 714]), moved forward on July 27, 2010 when the House of Representatives passed it by voice vote. Please contact your state’s Congressional legislators and tell them to support this much-needed step toward meaningful prison reform!

Larry King Discusses Prison Reform

Below is the prelinimary transcript from Larry King’s show (7/23/2010) discussing prison reform: CNN LARRY KING LIVE / Saving Lives on the Inside / Aired July 23, 2010 – 21:00   ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) LARRY KING, HOST: […]

Solitary Confinement: Wasteful, Useless

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Prison Reform: Will Congress Finally Move Forward?

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A Supreme Change in Juvenile Justice

Read A Supreme Change in Juvenile Justice, by Michael Santos

F is Still For Failure

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Andrew’s Potential Problem: Lies and Deception May Bring New Criminal Charges

 About a month ago, I spoke with Andrew (not his real name), another prisoner at Taft Camp, who told me a story that caused me to feel some concern for him. Andrew was once a finance executive, but he found himself in trouble with the law when prosecutors accused him of using his finance company […]

Ben’s Problem: Going Back to Court For New Criminal Charges

Before I went to sleep yesterday, Ben (another prisoner at Taft Camp) came to speak with me. Ben is a young man in his early 30s who is serving a nine-month sentence. He had been expecting release to come in only four more months, but earlier in the day he was ordered to pack all […]