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Raised in a Newark, New Jersey housing project, Michael B. Jackson was introduced to a life of crime and heroin addiction at an early age. At 18, he made his first trip to prison, and for the next ten years was in an out of prison for parole violations and new offenses. Like so many inmates, he became more comfortable behind bars than in the outside world.
One day Jackson finally “got it” and made a commitment to change his life for the better. Channeling his anger and resentment for positive purposes, he began to put back the pieces of his self-esteem and character. In 1979 he was paroled and has never returned to prison.
Today, Jackson is an author, activist, motivational speaker, businessman and the founder of www.Jointfx.com – a website devoted to helping formerly incarcerated people and their families find success during and after prison.
He was a member of the planning committee for the Counting the Costs Hearings convened by NJ Assembly Majority Speaker Bonnie Watson Coleman, in 2009-10. This series of history making Town Hall meetings has resulted in legislation being introduced that will bring unprecedented positive reform to the NJ Criminal Justice System.
He recently retired, after more than 32 years of employment in the New Jersey adult and juvenile corrections and parole.
Having served on both sides of the criminal justice bench Jackson has an intimate understanding of both sides of the issues and circumstances that formerly incarcerated people are faced with.
In his books the author gives practical advice and information for taking control of your own destiny and success while in prison and after leaving prison.
“How to Do Good After Prison: A Handbook for Successful Reentry” focuses on one changing his way of thinking and overcoming the traditional barriers he will face in society as a formerly incarcerated person.
“How to Love and inspire Your Man After Prison”, a companion book to help women with men involved in the criminal justice system, is based on letters sent to Jackson’s online advice column” at www.jointfx.com
He also founded and hosts the online radio talk program, “Prison Nation Radio w/ Michael B. Jackson”. Jackson conducts seminars and training sessions on topics related to prisoner reentry success after prison. He has appeared on many local and national radio, newspaper, and television shows, including “Iyanla Vansant Show” (ABC), “Dayside w/Linda Vester” (FOX News), “It’s Your Call w/Lynn Doyle” (CN8), “On the Count w/Eddie Ellis (WBAI AM). Jackson has also frequently conducts workshops and presentations and at seminars and conferences, including the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Conference.