Date(s) - Wednesday, May 1, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
9,135 Days In Prison.
Michael Santos was arrested on August 11, 1987, when he was 23, for charges related to the distribution of cocaine. He was tried and convicted, then sentenced to 45 years. Credit for good behavior resulted in Michael’s release from prison on August 13, 2012, after 25 years, when he was 48.
During the quarter century that Michael served, he pursued a deliberate path to reconcile with society for the bad decisions of a reckless adolescence. He focused on a three-part plan: Michael aspired to educate himself, to contribute to society, and to build a support network that would help him emerge as a law-abiding, contributing citizen.
While incarcerated, Michael earned an undergraduate degree from Mercer University and a master’s degree from Hofstra University. He authored several books to help others understand prisons, the people they hold, and strategies for growing through adversity. He built a thriving support network that included a loving wife and sponsorship from leading citizens. Despite multiple decades in prison, Michael found strategies to contribute, to live a life of relevance, and to emerge with values, skills, and resources that translated into success after 9,135 days in prison. He works now to share those strategies with others, helping them to make the most effective use of time and to achieve optimal personal performance, regardless of external influences. He is a speaker, writer, and he consults on overcoming adversity. In the fall, he will lecture at San Francisco State University on The Architecture of Imprisonment.