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 preparations 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.

Michael partnered with Shon Hopwood to launch Prison Professors. Through Prison Professors, we empower defendants by preparing them for prosecution, sentencing, and prison. We show how to live a life of relevance before, during, and after confinement.

Through Prison Professors, we show clients how to make productive use of  time while preparing for success upon release.

While incarcerated, Michael married his wife, Carole. Through his work in prison, he earned an income to support his wife and to build savings that would contribute to success upon release. While he served his final decade, Carole returned to school and became a registered nurse. He shows clients of Prison Professor how to make the best use of their time inside so they can live lives of meaning and relevance while in prison. Since concluding his time in prison, Michael worked with Carole to build new careers in real estate and health care.

Michael taught as an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University after his release. The university hired him to begin teaching only 17 days after he concluded his prison term.

Despite serving more than a quarter century in prisons of every security level, preparations Michael Santos made inside allowed him to return to society strong, with his dignity intact. He developed a career as an educator and consultant to the criminal justice system. Michael serves on the advisory panel for the Robina Institute of Criminal Law.

Through Prison Professors, we offer consultation services to help people prepare for the best possible outcome. If your’e facing prosecution, sentencing, or prison contact Michael Santos with Prison Professors for a free consultation. Learn how we can help: 415-419-1728.



Learn how system operates. The more you know and understand, and the sooner you know and understand, the more you restore your sense of peace. Reclaim your balance as you navigate challenges of a criminal prosecution. Working with Prison Professor puts your future back in your hands.


Our lessons will teach you how to prepare a comprehensive sentence-mitigation package. You will learn how to think creatively about steps you can take today to build a better tomorrow. If you need personal guidance, then our experts at Prison Professor are ready to work with you directly.


Develop effective strategy that will put you in the best possible position to influence the sentence your judge imposes. Help your judge to see you as more than your current charges. Our lesson plans provide a deliberate approach to prepare the documentation your attorney will need to make a persuasive case for the lowest possible sentence.


Learn about the different levels of custody and security that prison systems operate. Prepare before you’re sentenced to ensure that you serve your sentence in the best possible environment. Decisions you make at the earliest stages have an enormous influence on where you serve your time. You owe it to your family to work toward serving your sentence in the least-stressful environment possible.


Learn a best-practice approach to mastering the journey of confinement. Prison cultures differ in fundamental ways from the broader society. Through our lessons, develop insight that teaches you how to prosper in an environment that derails a sense of relevance for so many. Your due diligence will show why lessons Michael Santos wrote can help you.


You can begin taking measurable steps that will ensure you return to society strong, with your dignity in tact. Too many people abandon hope after they face indictment. Rather than working toward a clearly definable approach to a better life, they resign to fate. At Prison Professor, we offer an action plan that will get you back on the path to success.



We offer a series of lesson plans that you may download and read in the comfort of your home. Each lesson covers a specific topic that will empower anyone facing a criminal prosecution. The lessons conclude with questions that will help each defendant grasp strategies that he or she can embark upon today. Those efforts will help the client restore a sense of meaning and relevance while working toward the best possible outcome.


Clients may also sign up for webinars that Michael Santos or other prison professors teach. Those webinars provide clients with an opportunity to learn from others who are going through the similar predicament of a criminal prosecution. Prison Professor leads the group webinar through a video screen-share system. Prison Professors respond to all questions, providing clients with insight they may rely upon as they prepare for the journey ahead.


Prison Professor also works closely with clients who want assistance in documenting their good works. Those services are personal, requiring extensive amounts of time for interviewing, fact gathering, and creative writing. Individuals who require assistance in presenting their situation in the most favorable light for a probation officer who completes the Presentence Investigation Report, and the judge, will find enormous value by participating in the process of documenting prior successes in life.


Those who want to learn more about how they can prepare for the Presentence Investigation, the Residential Drug Abuse Program, earliest possible placement in a residential reentry center, or early termination of Supervised Release, will find enormous value through the structured consultation plan. Contact Prison Professor today to develop a personal scope-of-work in a consulting agreement.




Prison Professor teaches defendants how to overcome the challenges and ancillary consequences that accompany a criminal prosecution. Sign up today to position yourself for the lowest possible sentence in the easiest possible prison. Emerge with your dignity intact.

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