As someone sentenced to federal prison, I can attest that investing time to prepare for a shorter federal prison sentence can have hidden benefits beyond reducing your prison sentence. In this article and video, I will focus on the hidden benefits of investing time in preparing for a shorter federal prison sentence.

First and foremost, preparing for a shorter sentence can help you develop new skills and show that you can earn income as a law-abiding citizen.

Working is a huge mitigating factor at sentencing, but working before sentencing is also a powerful tool to set you up for life after prison. By working and investing time in education and training programs, you can develop new skills that make you more marketable to potential employers, funders, and business partners.

Secondly, investing time in preparing for a shorter sentence can help you repair your reputation.

By telling your story and demonstrating your commitment to making things right, you can prove to a Judge why you are worthy of leniency while simultaneously beginning to rebuild your reputation. Rather than pretending this did not happen, your efforts to make amends and document it should be reflected in your release plan, website, speeches you give, and books you write: EVERYWHERE!!

Thirdly, preparing for a shorter federal sentence can help you develop a strong support network.

By reaching out to family, friends, and other supporters, you can build a network of people who are invested in your success during and after your time in prison. A supportive network you have nurtured can be a powerful tool for securing a shorter sentence and ensuring you have the support you need to succeed once you are released.

Fourthly, making restitution payments can not only lead to a shorter sentence but can also put you on the path to truly being free and fulfilling your promise to make victims whole.

By taking responsibility for your actions and making amends, you can demonstrate your commitment to making things right and show that you can be a productive member of society.

Finally, investing time preparing for a shorter sentence can lead to daily activity and a sense of purpose.

Feeling alive and engaged can be a powerful tool when it comes to combating depression and passiveness, which are common issues among those who are facing a sentencing hearing–for example, if you read Lessons From Prison, you know the stress of my case led to bad choices over a lengthy period. By staying active and engaged, you can maintain a sense of purpose and focus that will help you stay motivated and positive throughout your time in prison.

In conclusion, investing time in preparing for a shorter sentence can have many hidden benefits beyond reducing your sentence. By focusing on work, reputation, network, restitution payments, and daily activity, you can set yourself up for success during and after prison.

Best,
Justin Paperny

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Justin Paperny