by FedCURE member Michael Santos, a federal prisoner who is
serving 45 years for a drug conviction that occurred when he was
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.
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
now at www.greenwood.com.