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258: Returning to Society after Decades in Prison

Earning Freedom with Michael Santos

Release Date: 03/30/2016

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Earning Freedom with Michael Santos

Do you have a solid, actionable plan to build financial stability or prosperity in your future? That’s a question that relatively few Americans ask themselves. Those who want to do more than ask questions take action. It’s never too early, and it’s never too late to put yourself on the path to prosperity.  I’m Michael Santos with Alternative Investment Seminars. During this 20-minute video, I’ll teach how my wife Carole and I went from literally ground zero to exceed $5 million in assets within five years. We used leverage to invest in real estate. Now we’re using leverage to...

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Earning Freedom with Michael Santos

Questions from Audry Spade   So Michael, you were in your early 20’s when you were convicted and sent to prison. I'm curious about your childhood and the influences you had growing up. How did you arrive at the decision to pursue crime?    What kind of technology do you remember people using back before your arrest in 1987?    You were arrested for drug trafficking and ultimately sentenced to serve 45 years in prison. Describe that first day of your sentence.    What did your days in prison consist of years into your sentence, after that initial...

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Earning Freedom with Michael Santos

Federal authorities charged Brett with federal crimes. Since he had worked for several years as a police officer, the criminal charges derailed his life. He decided to cooperate with authorities in exchange for leniency at sentencing. Brett talks about how he has rebounded with a new career since being dismissed from the police force.

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Earning Freedom with Michael Santos

Luis Rivera succeeded in being released from federal prison, even though a judge sentenced him to serve a life sentence plus 140 years. Learn how his adjustment in prison contributed to his early release and his success.

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A federal judge sentenced Luis Rivera to life in prison, plus 140 years. In Part 2 of Luis's story, we learn how Luis adjusted in a high-security federal prison and we learn how he positioned himself for early release from federal prison.

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In 1995, a federal judge sentenced Luis Rivera to a term of life in prison, plus 140 years. In this episode on Earning Freedom, Luis describes his early adjustment. From his appearance on the Earning Freedom podcast, we know that Luis was released from prison and he now lives as law abiding citizen. Learn how he got out after 30 years in prison.

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Derek Sauceda began using drugs when he was 10. His drug addictions led him into crime. His crime led him into a series of prison terms that kept him locked in cages for more than 24 years. Now he is a successful case manager with Fathers and Families of San Joaquin Valley. From Derek's story we see that a path exists to overcome struggle.

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Big D was drawn to the streets as a young man. He looked up to drug dealers and gangsters. Authorities arrested Big D and after his trial, he was sentenced to a term that required him to serve more than 20 years in Pennsylvania prisons. Big D said that he wasted his first 10 years of confinement. Instead of adjusting positively, he lived in prison just as he had been living on the streets. He used drugs and he was engaged in violence. In today's Earning Freedom episode, Big D talks about how he changed.

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Today I spoke with Billie Gomez, a man who shared a story about his transformation. Billie spoke about growing up in a violent neighborhood and being influenced by gangs. By the time he was 18, he went to prison with a five year sentence. His adjustment in prison led to his receiving additional time. Upon his release from prison, Billie reverted to criminal behavior. Billie picked up a gun within two weeks of being released, and he used the gun to commit more crimes. That behavior led to his receiving a new 18-year sentence for a violent offense. Listen to Billie talk about how he...

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Lessons that powered me through 26 years of imprisonment apply to anyone. In today's podcast, I share those strategies with the sales force at Resort Advisory Group.

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Today I interviewed Marcus White for the second time. He talks about his adjusting in society after decades in prison. Below is a brief bio he wrote.

At nineteen years old the penal system had nearly captured the rest of
my natural life for gang violence. Sitting in a jail cell paralyzed
with this gripping fear that i'd die in a prison I found myself on
many nights with tears in my eyes as I clung to hope for a second
chance. Fortunately for me that second chance came in the form of
18yr. 9mon. prison plea agreement. Overwhelmed with a sense of
gratitude and a new zeal for life, I vowed to use these years to
better myself. First by ridding myself of the gang infested mentality
that had enslaved my mind and dictated my actions for so many years.
Secondly pursuing personal growth relentlessly, taken advantaged of
all the programs DOC had to offer, and engaging myself in any and
every curriculum I could get my hands on. And sixteen and a half years
later I returned home with this nagging ambition to execute the plan
that I had devised while sitting in a prison cell fantasizing about
what my freedom looked like. Today five months and three weeks after
my release, I work for an amazing non-profit serving the people in my
community with furniture and mattress to sleep on, while pursuing a
career change as a carpenter apprentice. Volunteering my spare time
speaking with legislators about unjust laws and making a strong case
for reform. What i'm most proud about is the mentorship programs I'm
involved in and working with at risk youth. Giving back to the
communities that I spent all my adolescent years taken from. And I'm
thanking God everyday for the opportunities he continues to afford my
newly found freedom.

Sincerely,

Marcus L. White