Majorly Minor Setbacks
In this TED Talk, Shake Senghor recalls his past experience in prison after killing a man when he was only 19 years old, the same age as the boy on trial in "Twelve Angry Men". He discusses how the writings of great men kept him going and helped him move on from the mistakes that landed him in solitary confinement, "one of the most inhumane barbaric places..." Towards the end of the talk, Senghor outlines the opportunities we should be giving the 2.5 million inmates our country holds, because most of them want to better themselves and rejoin society in a productive manner. Perry from "In Cold Blood" parallels many of these inmates. He used art and literature to shape him in to a better man, although he does eventually take part in murder again and is sent back to prison.