NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk artist Charlotte Potter passion for the inspirational videos, TED Talks, moved her to suggest that they be shown to inspire inmates inside Norfolk City Jail.
Sheriff Bob McCabe said he thought it was a great idea, and now the first TED Talk video was aired this Thursday.
“I believe we should have a wide variety of programs inside our Norfolk City Jail to inspire people to live a better life,” said McCabe. “The average stay for inmates is about 58 days, and then they return to our community. My hope is that these offenders will not end up back in jail again on the taxpayer’s dime because they learned how to make better choices.”
The first video shown in the jail features Shaka Senghor, a former prison inmate who shot and killed a man in 1991. According to a press release, Senghor said for many of the 19 years he served in prison, he was bitter angry and unwilling to take responsibility for his actions. He eventually turned his life around and now he is a mentor and coach to at-risk youth.
Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is able to show TED Talks for free because there is no licensing fee. According to TED.com, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
Sheriff McCabe said he is happy to consider suggestions on future TED Talks to be shown at the jail.