Journal Entry: Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Journal Entry

Sustainable Success: Long-Term Strategies for Post-Incarceration Life

The journey to sustainable success after incarceration is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. It requires foresight, planning, and a steadfast commitment to personal development. At Prison Professors Talent, we understand the importance of long-term strategies in shaping a fulfilling and successful post-incarceration life.

The Importance of Long-Term Planning

When I first entered the federal prison system with a 45-year sentence, I was advised to forget the outside world and adapt to prison life. However, I chose a different path. I realized the necessity of using every day of my incarceration as a stepping stone towards a brighter future. This realization led me to develop long-term strategies that not only helped me navigate my time in prison but also laid the groundwork for my success upon release.

Developing a Sustainable Success Plan

  1. Define Clear Goals: Start by defining what success means to you. Whether it’s pursuing education, starting a business, or rebuilding family relationships, having clear goals gives you direction.
  2. Acquire Education and Skills: Use your time to gain knowledge and skills that will be valuable both inside and outside prison. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” offers resources to help you in this journey.
  3. Build a Support Network: Establish and maintain positive relationships with mentors, educators, and fellow learners. These connections can provide valuable guidance and support.
  4. Stay Focused on the Future: Keep your long-term goals in mind. Every step you take should bring you closer to your vision of success.
  5. Adapt and Overcome Challenges: Be prepared to adapt your strategies as needed. Challenges are inevitable, but they can be overcome with resilience and flexibility.

Your Invitation to Act

We invite you to join us in this journey of sustainable success. Share your goals, progress, and challenges with us at If you include “Request a Book” in the subject line, we will donate a book from our resources to aid in your journey, provided our nonprofit has the resources available.

Challenge for Personal Development

Reflect on your current situation and envision where you want to be in five years. Write down specific goals and steps you can take to achieve them. Consider how each action you take today can contribute to your long-term success.

Books to Guide Your Path:

  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

In conclusion, remember that it’s never too early or too late to start working towards a better future. Your journey through and beyond incarceration can lead to sustainable success with the right mindset and strategies.

Michael Santos
Founder, Prison Professors Talent