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The Prison Professors podcast shares strategies and insight for people who have an interest in America’s prison system. Michael Santos served 26 years in federal prison and he hosts the show. Shon Hopwood and Justin Paperny are co-founders of Prison Professors. Together, the Prison Professors discuss how to prepare for a prosecution and how to prepare for sentencing. They reveal sentence-mitigation strategies and the strategies that empowered us through out lengthy prison terms. The Prison Professors podcast offers insight for people who want to learn how to prepare for success through prison and beyond. The show also features content that will be of value to administrators of prisons or schools, as well as for anyone who wants to learn strategies to overcome struggle.

The Prison Professors podcast shares strategies and insight for people who have an interest in America’s prison system. Michael Santos served 26 years in federal prison and he hosts the show. Shon Hopwood and Justin Paperny are co-founders of Prison Professors. Together, the Prison Professors discuss how to prepare for a prosecution and how to prepare for sentencing. They reveal sentence-mitigation strategies and the strategies that empowered us through out lengthy prison terms. The Prison Professors podcast offers insight for people who want to learn how to prepare for success through prison and beyond. The show also features content that will be of value to administrators of prisons or schools, as well as for anyone who wants to learn strategies to overcome struggle.
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The Prison Professors podcast shares strategies and insight for people who have an interest in America’s prison system. Michael Santos served 26 years in federal prison and he hosts the show. Shon Hopwood and Justin Paperny are co-founders of Prison Professors. Together, the Prison Professors discuss how to prepare for a prosecution and how to prepare for sentencing. They reveal sentence-mitigation strategies and the strategies that empowered us through out lengthy prison terms. The Prison Professors podcast offers insight for people who want to learn how to prepare for success through prison and beyond. The show also features content that will be of value to administrators of prisons or schools, as well as for anyone who wants to learn strategies to overcome struggle.

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English

Contact:

415-419-1728


Episodes

24. Homelessness to Prison to University Grad and Author

1/19/2018
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Omar Ameli had a difficult childhood. His parents struggled with drug addictions and crime. His cousins were involved in crime. From childhood, Omar describes how he was groomed for a criminal lifestyle. By the time he reached his late teens, Omar realized that he had to make a change. Past decisions led him into prison for several years. While inside, he made a commitment to change. Those changes led Omar to earn an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree. He is the...

Duration: 00:29:23


23. Multiple Prison Terms to Hollywood Producer

1/18/2018
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Multiple Terms in Prison Leads to Career in Hollywood Eric Jensen began committing crimes when he was still a child. At 18, authorities arrested him for a robbery. He joined a group of friends to rob a convenience store. Eric went into the New York State Prison System for more than three years. While inside, he continued to live a street life. Eric didn’t think that he would return to prison. Yet decisions in prison led to more problems after his release. He struggled to break free from...

Duration: 00:33:15


22. Drug Addiction to Prison to College Success

1/17/2018
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Kenneth Kennedy began struggling with drug addictions during his teen years. Those problems with drugs led him into New Jersey’s prison system. He served multiple terms as a result of challenges he faced with drugs and his choice of friends. It wasn’t until Ken began to align himself with positive role models that he changed his life. Now he is a college graduate, involved with his church, and striving to live as a contributing citizen. Kenneth expresses regret that he wasn’t able to turn...

Duration: 00:27:10


21. Lawyer Goes to Prison for Fraud, then Devotes Life to Ministry and Serving Others

1/16/2018
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Lawyer Goes to Prison and Becomes a Minister Jeff Grant tells his story in two episodes. He was a lawyer who made some bad decisions. After becoming addicted to opioids, he committed crimes. Those crimes led to a fraud conviction. While in prison he had to humble himself. He got in shape. He focused on developing himself. When he returned home, Jeff went back to school. After several years, he earned a doctorate degree in divinity. Then he started helping others with his nonprofit. Today...

Duration: 00:26:20


20. NYC Corporate Lawyer To Federal Prison, Part 1

1/15/2018
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Jeff Grant Was a Lawyer who Went to Federal Prison Anyone can make decisions that can lead them down the path to prison. In today’s Prison Professors podcast, we hear from Jeff Grant. Jeff built his career as a lawyer in New York City. During our podcast today, Jeff tells us how he built a career representing wealthy individuals and companies in real estate related transactions. He suffered an accident. While recuperating, he learned how to manipulate the medical profession to get more...

Duration: 00:31:06


19. Strong Prison Wives and Family Members Founder Ro Clausen

1/14/2018
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Ro Clausen has been living the prison experience for longer than 15 years. Her husband, Adam, is serving a sentence of more than 100 years in federal prison. Ro has been by his side, striving to support him in every way. To build support for all wives and family members who have loved ones in prison, she formed Strong Prison Wives and Families as a public Facebook Group. Through Strong Prison Wives and Families, Ro and her team provide a resource that anyone can use. People from across the...

Duration: 00:33:04


18. High Security Penitentiary to Doctorate Degree

1/13/2018
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Professor Aaron Thomas Kinzel had grew up in struggle. Members of his family were involved in criminal activity. They sold drugs. They were trapped in the criminal justice system. He grew up with anger problems, confrontational with authority. When Aaron was 18, police officers stopped him for a traffic violation. He resisted. A shootout followed. Later, authorities charged him with crimes that resulted in a 19-year prison term. Aaron served his sentence in the Maine State Prison System’s...

Duration: 00:32:08


17. Tarra Simmons Goes From Female Prison to Law School and Lawyer

1/12/2018
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A story of overcoming struggle is inspiring. We hear that message in our interview with Tarra Simmons today. Tarra describes how she grew up with real struggle. Her parents both faced challenges with incarceration. They also struggled with substance abuse. Tarra picked up those behaviors as a young girl. She struggled with criminal justice system as a juvenile. As a young woman she overcame those challenges. She attended nursing school and became a registered nurse. Unfortunately, she...

Duration: 00:30:42


16. John Went to Federal Prison for Mortgage Fraud

1/11/2018
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John Rubischko went to prison for crimes related to mortgage fraud. After his arrest, he began cooperating with law enforcement. He cooperated for two years. With that extensive cooperation, he thought that a federal judge would spare him time in prison. John was wrong. A federal judge sentenced him to serve a 78 month sentence. A mistake in the paperwork resulted in John having to begin serving his sentence in a low-security federal prison rather than in a minimum-security federal...

Duration: 00:34:15


15. Federal Prison for Synthetic Drugs and FDA Violations

1/10/2018
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Roger Galvin shares his story of how he prepared before going to federal prison. On today’s Prison Professors podcast, we learn from Roger Galvin. He struggled with substance abuse and made some bad decisions. Roger learned of the synthetic drug market. Despite packaging labels that marked the products as being “Not fit for human consumption,” Roger said that he knew people purchased the products to get high. The mislabeling resulted in Roger becoming a target of the Food and Drug...

Duration: 00:33:18


14. Billionaire Prepares for Prison: Scott Tucker, Episode 5

1/9/2018
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Scott Tucker earned more than a $1 billion in profits from the payday loan industry he created. We heard his story through the past four episodes. He told us how prosecutors targeted him for prosecution. We heard about his experience on home confinement. In episode two, Scott told us that federal officials are asking a judge to sentence Scott to 180 years. Now the billionaire prepares for prison. In today’s episode, we learn about Scott’s passion. He built Level Motorsports. His automobile...

Duration: 00:39:26


13. Billionaire Prepares for Prison: Scott Tucker, Episode 4

1/8/2018
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Scott Tucker wanted to build a scalable business since he was young. This is the fourth episode in our series on Billionaire Preparing for Prison. In the first episode, we learned why authorities chose to prosecute Scott Tucker. He build the payday loan industry. The business he built grew to employ thousands of people. He generated billions in financial revenues and taxes. He created enormous wealth. But authorities didn’t like the model. Some people felt that he was earning too much...

Duration: 00:31:57


12. Billionaire Prepares for Prison: Scott Tucker, Episode 3

1/7/2018
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Scott Tucker built a billion dollar business. He started with a single storefront. In this episode, the third episode in a multi-part series, we learn how. Despite his not being a good student, Scott Tucker always had ambition. Like many young entrepreneurs, he started with lawn mowing businesses that he launched as a child. While in college, Scott found an opportunity to get involved in real estate. Scouring the classified ads, he secured an opportunity that netted him more than $100,000...

Duration: 00:33:12


11. Billionaire Prepares for Prison: Scott Tucker, Episode 2

1/6/2018
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Billionaire Prepares for Prison, Episode 2 Scott Tucker is well known for building the Payday Loan industry. In the previous episode, we learned how Scott started this industry from scratch. Through hard work and building great teams, he built his company into mega organization. It employed thousands of people. His business generated billions in annual revenues. He earned hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Despite that success in business, Scott told us in episode 1 about his...

Duration: 00:32:09


10. Billionaire Prepares for Prison: Scott Tucker, Episode 1

1/5/2018
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Billionaire Going to Prison Scott Tucker Built the Payday Lending Industry. He started in this industry back in the mid 1990s. From scratch, he put a team together that resulted in his generating billions of dollars in revenues. Despite his efforts to live as a legitimate businessman, the authorities went after Scott. He has been battled in courts for decades. But in 2016, decisions started to go against him. He found big financial troubles when the Federal Trade Commission levied a fine...

Duration: 00:35:05


9. Private Equity Investor Surrenders to Prison

1/4/2018
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Nicholas Mitsakos Prepares for Federal Prison Authorities charged Nicholas Mitsakos with a crime related to securities fraud. He graduated from USC and he earned an MBA from Harvard. Despite those impressive credentials, he now must prepare to serve a 30-month sentence in federal prison. In today’s episode, Nicholas describes the dark feelings that accompanied his experience with the criminal justice system. For decades, he worked in the financial services industry with colleagues like...

Duration: 00:35:01


8. Personal Narratives in Preparation for Prison

1/3/2018
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If you’ve been listening to the past four episodes, you know that we’ve been offering a series to help those who want to prepare for prison. Learn how to master it quickly by following the guidance we offered. The first episode in the series explained the process of going in. In the second episode, we offered insight on how to influence the right decision makers. In the third episode, we covered custody and classification. In our fourth episode in the series, we spoke about the importance...

Duration: 00:30:33


7. Surrendering to Federal Prison

1/2/2018
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We’re now into episode four of Prison Professors’ five-part series on How to Master Prison. Those who aren’t going into the prison system may find more interest in our interviews. Our team works with people from all types of backgrounds. Some face charges or served time for white-collar crimes. Others served time for drug offenses, or even violent crimes. Our interviews with those people show that regardless of what bad decisions a person has made in the past, it’s never too early and it’s...

Duration: 00:30:49


6. Custody and Classification in Federal Prison

1/1/2018
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Are you facing a term in federal prison? I’m Michael Santos, and along with my two co-founders, Shon Hopwood and Justin Paperny, we want to help you master the system. The more you know about the system, the better you can position yourself to succeed. We’re now in our third episode of our five-part series, How to Master Prison. In our two previous episodes, we offered some insight. We discussed the process that brings someone into the system. Then we discussed how people going into the...

Duration: 00:31:03


5. Decision Makers and Influencers in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

12/31/2017
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I’m Michael Santos with Prison Professors. Along with my partners, Shon Hopwood and Justin Paperny, we’re glad to provide more information about how to prepare for the prison journey. Earlier episodes have given extensive biographical information on us. Complete your own due diligence. You’ll see why we’re exceptionally well qualified to help anyone who is going into the system. More importantly, we’re well qualified to help people who want to get out of the prison system successfully....

Duration: 00:31:32

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