How does an innocent man spend over 40 years in captivity,
accomplish so much while in prison and be turned down time after
time by the parole board when other DANGEROUS prisoners are
routinely paroled? (MOST RECENTLY GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY
DURING THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL RACE AND THE DANGEROUS KILLER
PAROLED FROM MASSACHUSETTS THAT KILLED 2 PEOPLE IN
Certainly no other Florida prisoner, nor even many "free" men, come close to matching the
positive accomplishments and the total productive record of Charles P. Norman, an amazing
feat made even more remarkable when realized in the severe and restrictive environment of
When a man is imprisoned, his family either abandons him or shares his fate, becoming virtual
prisoners themselves. The photos in this exhibit show that Charlie's family has continued their
loving support of him, from a young man in his twenties at Union Correctional institution, "The
Rock," to present day at over 68 years of age. Many people from varied walks of life have
become acquainted with Charlie over the years and realize that he is very different from other
prisoners. They have formed a larger support group for Charlie, having recognized and
acknowledged that he has qualities that drew them to him, sparked their interest, and inspired
them to join in seeking his release.
A natural, gifted teacher, skilled organizer and leader, author, playwright, poet, artist, dedicated
and genuine Christian, and strongly committed man of integrity and moral fiber, Charlie has
used all these talents in many capacities to help literally thousands of prisoners and "free
people" alike during the last 34 years. These photos represent only a small fraction of the
creative and beneficial force that is Charles Norman, and offer only a brief glimpse into a life
well-lived under the ultimate of difficult conditions.
After studying this exhibit and comparing Charlie's record to others, the unanswered question
that troubles so many people is:
Why is this man still unjustly in prison?
| Prison accomplishments/letters of support...
|Charlie showing his photography
skills to Dru Nagle of the KAIROS
Program. Photography by
inmates is RARELY allowed by
|WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PRINT/SAVE
THESE DOCUMENTS (PDF or Word
format) FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...
|Charlie sitting in front of some of
his award-winning horticultural
|Charlie with a 35MM SLR camera
and other artistic projects around
|KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL, INC. is the parent organization of a body of ministries addressing the
spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, to their families and to those who work in the prison
environment. KAIROS is a ministry of the church rather than a movement. It has been called the best example of
the early church in existence today. KAIROS is a not-for-profit corporation chartered in the State of Florida.
SOME OF THE FOLLOWING PICTURES SHOW ANNUAL KAIROS EVENTS ALONG WITH THE INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS
FROM 'OUTSIDE' THAT MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE!!
|GOLAB stands for Growth Orientation
Laboratory - a program that helps inmates
develop a mutual respect and camaraderie
The photo to the right shows the GOLAB
Program Banquet in 1984 at Zephyrhills
Correctional Institution. Charlie is 3rd from
the right and Mr. Martin J. Stack, President
of GOLAB, is to Charlie's right.
|Charlie with long-time KAIROS volunteer William
Burguieres from Jacksonville, Florida.
|KAIROS volunteers from Calvary United Methodist Church.
L to R:
Pastor Roy Harris, Charlie, Ron Hale and Wayne Storey.
Columbia Correctional Institution 2001
|KAIROS #1 group photo - April
2001 at Columbia Correctional
Institution. Charlie is 3rd from
|KAIROS #47 at Tomoka
Correctional Institution 2003.
|Institution. Charlie designed and
painted the poster for KAIROS which
are used nationwide.
|ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE DATED
APRIL 2009 QUOTING CHARLIE