Dan Slepian, an investigative producer who has helped solve cold cases, assisted in exonerating wrongfully convicted inmates, uncovered corruption, sparked changes in laws, and led to the shutting down of illicit businesses, put inmates of New York’s Sing Sing Correctional Facility in a room with nothing but a camera and asked them to talk about their crimes.
He showed the findings at a TEDx event to share his “Voices From Within” project, a video and education initiative that addresses the epidemic of gun violence directly through the voices of inmates living with the consequences of their deadly choices. It’s hard to watch, but it’s an attempt to confront gun violence and reach the teens before they ruin their and others’ lives and end up in prison.
After watching the video, you will be prompted to enquire. The inmates will never see the outside of their prison again, but does that mean they can’t make an impact? They can’t change their past, but does that mean they can’t change their future? Should we listen to them or should we continue to simply condemn these inmates?
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