Michael Santos

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (4 of 5)
Location: FCI Fort Dix, NJ
In My Own Words:
I am a federal prisoner. Although I have no history of weapons or violence, in 1987 I received a 45-year sentence for convictions related to the distribution of cocaine. During my confinement I've worked to redeem myself, earning both BA and MA degrees. I write regularly about prisons, the people they hold, and strategies for growing through confinement. The free content I provide is available at … Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 448,699 - Total Helpful Votes: 4 of 5
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Because I have spent virtually my entire adult life in prison, I´¿m always interested whenever I hear about a book suggesting a different response to crime. Locking people in cages for decades at a time fails to prepare prisoners for the challenges they will face upon release.
Several years ago I heard a fellow prisoner talking about Anthony Burgess´¿s novel, A Clockwork Orange. He said that Burgess wrote about the state ´¿reprogramming´¿ prisoners in a way that would ensure the offenders would no longer break the law. I decided to read the book if ever I came across it, and was happy to see it last week.
Burgess tells his story through the… Read more
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
As a long-term prisoner, I'm frequently struck with the comical absurdity of the rigid rules and manner in which adult human beings interact inside the federal bureau of prisons. It doesn't matter whether one is held at USP Leavenworth, or the federal prison camp at FPC Montgomery. A pecking order of personnel exists in every institution which mandates that staff members who want to advance must like the boots of their supervisors, enforce and support every rule assiduously regardless of the ridiculousness of the rule itself. No staff member can befriend or fraternize with a prisoner. Although prison guards fancy titular titles like correctional professionals, they not only fail to… Read more
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
...I had heard the term "catch - 22" for years, and I knew there was a book of the same name. That's all I knew. Then, one afternoon while listening to National Public Radio, probably NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, or Radio Times, I heard one of the guests describing Joseph Heller's Catch - 22 as an exceptionally great American novel. I was almost finished with an Anthony Robbins self-help book when I heard the NPR interview, so I walked to the prison library to check it out. Heller's Catch - 22, a Voltaire-like satire of the military's rigidity had me laughing from page one.
Heller uses a dry wit to poke fun at the obsequious, phony interactions between military personnel. As… Read more