Trouble for White Collar Offenders at MDC Los Angeles

Trouble for White Collar Offenders at MDC Los Angeles

hello my name is Michael Santos I’m with
prison professors comm and I’d love to share some insight for anybody who is a
first-time offender or a white-collar offender somebody who has never been
into the criminal justice system before but yet finds themselves targeted for a
prosecution you see the decisions that an individual makes it every stage in
the journey has enormous impact and influence I don’t know how many of you
saw the video that I posted yesterday if you haven’t seen it it is under my blogs
and of the category of letters from prison where an individual who wrote me
I didn’t know this individual his name is George and he tells a story about how
the decisions he made very early on during his sentence resulted in him
having a very difficult journey through prison in fact he started his prison
sentence when he was about 17 or 18 years old when he went into the prison
system he faced some challenges and he
responded those to those challenges with violence that violence meant he fought
he used a weapon usually a knife he stabbed people and as a consequence
of that he went higher and higher and higher into security he started at the
Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno Oklahoma and then in his letter he
describes how disciplinary infractions resulted in going to United States
penitentiary the first one at Terre Haute Indiana
then Leavenworth Kansas then the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc California
then the United States Penitentiary in Marion which is a maximum-security
penitentiary and finally the ADX penitentiary in Florence Colorado that
individual has now been in prison for more than 35 years and the sad thing is
he’s serving so much time primarily because of the decisions that he made at
the very start of his journey now I get it it’s easy to say whoa I’m a
first-time offender oh I’m a white-collar guy these types of things
aren’t going to happen to me sure I understand that it’s very easy to assume
that when you’re making decisions from the comfort of your lawyer’s office or
you’re making decisions without the insight
of what prison is really like now that’s something that those of us on our team
at prison professors knows an awful lot about and that’s why we provide so much
free content content that will help you understand how to deal with challenges
more effectively than my friend who rose recently wrote me a letter I don’t know
if I call him my friend because anybody who’s going through struggle is really a
friend of mine but the reality is the individual his name is George he wrote
me because he is in a pen in a prison that it happens to be a client of mine
and that prison uses a course that I designed wrote and created and George
read the letter and he’s kind of wrote me basically saying I really wish I
would have had this content at the start of my sentence instead of now when I’ve
got 35 years of prison behind me and the reality is I may never get out of prison
and that’s why I’m trying to present this information to people outside those
of you who know my story know that I did 26 calendar years in prison but every
single day was productive every single day was driven towards a pursuit of
success that’s what I teach and in my case it is a hundred percent authentic
you can look at it you can read about it yeah I am telling you things today
because I lived these experience and I feel very passionately about sharing
them with other people because I know it can save the life of an individual you
can make communities safer you can make family life better and it really feels
like if it’s a duty that I have because these are lessons that I learned from
masterminds masterminds that many of whom I had never met Socrates Mandela
Viktor Frankl Martin Luther King Gandhi so many others who really gave me the
strength to power through 26 calendar years now my client who is brought into
the criminal justice system he’s a professional he’s an engineer but yet he
found himself wrapped up with a mail fraud charge I’m sure that some of you
know what mail fraud is it is basically just using the mail for any type of of
activity that prosecutors a jury or a judge will say violates the
law so if you put something in the mail whether it’s an invoice or a bill or a
solicitation or a marketing material that is considered to be fraudulent and
you use the mail as a delivery mechanism you could potentially face charges for a
mail fraud just like my friend the engineer did didn’t even know what mail
fraud was nevertheless he was brought in to the criminal justice system and he
started out at the detention center in a major city this city happened to be Los
Angeles so he was in MDC Los Angeles and while he was there the first thing that
happens this what happens say anybody is he’s hoping to get bond but there were
some complications in his case because of his nationality and his immigration
status so he didn’t get bonded out right away instead he had to start and stay
inside of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles for about 10-12
days and of course when he gets out on to a tear what is he funneling he finds
that all of a sudden he is immersed in a population of about 200 people that he’s
never seen before and in a detention center there are people from every
security level so although he’s a well educated engineer he’s in an environment
that he doesn’t really understand and in this environment there is a shot-caller
that shark collar is not just some fictional character from movies and
television you will see and find shot-callers wherever you go and what is
a shot-caller how does one pursue a career as a shot-caller in prison well
it’s not through the typical resume vetting process it’s not through a
typical headhunter rather an individual becomes a shot-caller in prison because
he gets what’s known in prison as respect but respect in prison is
fundamentally different from what you or I out here in society define respect as
out here how do you get respect well you get it like my client got it by
becoming an engineer educating yourself learning new skills you get it by
contributing to society you get it by living as a good citizen a good father a
good husband an employer somebody who raises capital pays taxes that’s how you
get respect outside how do you get respect in prison well it’s actually
fear in prison respect is synonymous with instilling fear in the people
around you you’re intimidating you respond to problems with violence or the
threat of violence or the perception that you will use violence and that’s
what lists the character lists the status level of somebody in prison so
you may be an engineer you may be a lawyer you may be a physician you may be
a business guy you may be a teacher I don’t know what you are but if you find
yourself in the criminal justice system you are going to have encounters and how
you respond to those encounters can have a material influence on your journey now
I’m not talking about getting out of prison early I am talking about not
getting out of prison later and you otherwise could there are so many
decisions that an individual has to make and so we really encourage people at
prison professor to educate yourself to learn in the same manner that you would
be educating yourself and learning or the way you would be coaching your child
to educate himself or learn about what does it take to get into a good
university take study takes practice same thing you see my friend the
engineer he shows up to the Metropolitan Detention Center the first thing he sees
is the shot-caller on the guard and what does the shot-caller tell him he comes
up trecek you ask some some questions he’s prospecting as we would say out
here in the business world he’s prospect he’s trying to figure out
who are you where are you from who do you run with do you got your paperwork
with you can I read it what are you about they’re looking for information to
see is this predator or is this prey can I use this
person for some kind of way and there then follow a series of tests my friend
the engineer tells me about the tests he faced you see the following day after
he came back from recreation he went into his cell and who did he see lying
on his bunk but the shot-caller lie back hands behind his head just staring there
how do you respond to that how would you respond to that how would you respond if
you came into your cell and there was another man lying in your bunk that’s
the question that you should be prepared to answer that’s the question that
George who wrote me the letter yesterday didn’t answer so well how would you
answer think that through let that thought settle with you for a little
while figure it out and I will present another video it will describe how my
client responded I’m Michael Santos with prisoner
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  1. Great video Michael. Your passion and dedication to help educate people about the realities of life, and prison life, shine through as you speak. Thanks!

  2. mike good video when I enter the prison. it was my first time the hardest thing for me was I couldn't see myself as a criminal. I learned a lot from following your work in prison an your wise words to help me learn how to except responsibility. thanks my brother..reach out please

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