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Profiles From Prison


Written by  FedCURE member Michael Santos, a federal prisoner who is serving 45 years for a drug conviction that occurred when he was 23.

Profiles from Prison provides an in-depth view of what it is like to actually live behind bars from the perspective of prisoners themselves.  Federal prisoners incarcerated at Ft. Dix, detail the experiences of federal incarceration by describing their unique experiences, their thoughts and feelings about "life on the inside," and their prospects for the future. Some describe the actions that lead to their confinement, others detail the complexities of living in these communities of men, while still others reveal their expectations for life after prison and the decisions they are making to help them move through their sentence. Broken into sections based on the length of imprisonment, this unique book offers insight into the other side of corrections: those who experience it first-hand.

Providing commentary and analysis, Santos seeks to guide readers through the prison experience. Santos offers the gripping stories of men who face short terms of less than five years alongside the stories of those who will serve more than 20 years. As a long-time prisoner with many years left to serve, Santos presents a unique perspective on an issue of great importance for the criminal justice community: How men adjust to their confinement, and how they utilize their time while serving their sentences, can be a predictor of future success or failure both in prison and in society upon their release. Through these often-difficult accounts, readers gain a greater understanding of what it means to be a prisoner and how the system itself can contribute to both positive adjustment and negative outcomes alike.

MICHAEL SANTOS , born in 1964, was arrested in 1987 and convicted of charges related to the sale of cocaine. He was sentenced to serve 45 years. While in prison, he has earned a B.A. and an M.A. at accredited universities, and has published articles and book chapters on life in prison.

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