Recently I was interviewed on the Earning Freedom podcast by host Michael Santos. Many of our readers and listeners probably remember Michael from his appearance on the Lions of Liberty Podcast Episode 93.
Before I talk about what Michael and I discussed on the show, I’d like to share his story for those of you who are not yet familiar with this incredible man. When Michael Santos was twenty-three years old he was sentenced to forty-five-years in prison for drug trafficking. With credit and good behavior he was released after serving twenty-six years. During his incarceration he published several books, got a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Mercer University, master’s degree from Hofstra, built a savings account of more than $100,000, and married his wife. While he was in prison he earned over $1 million through publishing and trading stocks. Within three weeks of his release from prison he was hired as an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University.
He did all this while he was locked away in a cage. His story provides a template for the incarcerated to follow and eliminates many of the excuses that limit the expectations of so many in the prison population.
With his websites MichaelSantos.com and PrisonProfessor.com Michael teaches lessons that empower the incarcerated to live a life of relevance before, during, and after confinement. With the Earning Freedom Podcast Michael teaches the lessons that empowered him through prison and have set him on a course to fulfilling a meaningful and relevant life.
During the show I shared with Michael the experiences that caused me to be sympathetic to the plight of felons. We talked about my first experiences hiring felons when I worked in human resources in California and the struggle I witnessed a friend experience when he was incarcerated for selling marijuana.
Additionally, I profiled the recent case of Ronald Hammond, a Baltimore man who is serving a twenty year prison sentence for possessing 5.9 grams of pot. We discussed the unbalanced sentencing related to white-collar crimes and drug crimes. And much, much more!
The Podcast can be found below.
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