Journal Entry: Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Journal Entry

Vision to Victory: Strategies for Success After Incarceration

The journey from incarceration to success is a path less traveled, filled with unique challenges and opportunities. My own story, from serving a 45-year sentence to becoming a contractor for the Bureau of Prisons, illustrates the power of strategic planning and execution. This article outlines the strategies that not only transformed my life but can also serve as a blueprint for anyone in prison aspiring to achieve success.

Defining Success: The First Step

Success begins with a clear definition. For me, success meant transcending my past and contributing positively to society. This definition guided every decision and action I took. Similarly, for anyone in prison, defining what success looks like is crucial. It’s the foundation upon which all plans are built.

Creating a Strategic Plan

Once success is defined, the next step is to create a strategic plan. My plan involved building a relationship with the Bureau of Prisons, a challenging feat given my background. This required understanding the Bureau’s needs and demonstrating how my experiences and insights could be valuable to them. Similarly, individuals in prison must craft plans that are realistic, achievable, and aligned with their goals.

Setting Priorities and Developing Tools

Prioritizing tasks and developing the right tools and tactics are essential. For me, this meant acquiring education, developing communication skills, and building a network of support. These tools were critical in convincing the Bureau of Prisons of my value as a contractor. In the same vein, individuals must identify and develop the tools and skills necessary for their success.

Adjusting and Executing the Plan

No plan is perfect, and the ability to adapt is key. Throughout my journey, I constantly adjusted my strategies to align with changing circumstances and opportunities. Execution is equally important. Success requires daily commitment to the plan, with each action bringing you closer to your goal.

Our Course: A Pathway to Success

Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” (FSA Approved: PSAP) is designed to guide individuals through these steps. We provide the framework, resources, and support needed to define, plan, and achieve success after incarceration.

Invitation to Participate: Join us in this transformative journey. Share your progress and stories at Including “Request a Book” in your email subject line can provide you with additional resources like “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence” and others, subject to our nonprofit’s resources.

Books to Empower Your Journey:

  1. Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence
  2. Success after Prison
  3. Prison! My 8,344th Day
  4. Release Plan 2024
  5. Preparing for Success after Prison

Challenge: The Strategic Planning Task

We challenge you to define your own success and create a strategic plan. Identify the tools and skills you need, set your priorities, and outline how you will execute your plan. Share your plan with us, and let’s work together towards turning your vision into victory.


The path from incarceration to success is not just a journey of distance but of transformation. It requires vision, strategic planning, and relentless execution. At Prison Professors Talent, we are committed to supporting you in this journey, helping you turn your vision into a tangible, victorious reality.


Michael Santos
Founder, Prison Professors Talent