Charlie has accomplished more during his imprisonment than almost any other inmate - NATIONWIDE. He has earned
NUMEROUS artistic AND writing awards. He wrote a play entitled 'The Bamboo Cage' about POW's - with the assistance of
external veteran's groups. Charlie interviewed former fighter pilots and American POW's to obtain first-hand accounts of
their experiences. HE WAS THE FIRST PRISONER TO BE AWARDED A NATIONAL WRITING AWARD FROM MENSA, THE
HIGH- IQ GROUP (132+) THROUGH THE AMERICAN MENSA FOUNDATION. He won the first of many national writing awards
from the PEN American Center in New York City - an international literary organization.
He is also an accomplished artist with many, but not all of his creations, shown to the left and below. More
will be added soon...
Charles Norman has quite possibly spent his time in Florida prisons more productively than any other prisoner ever has.
His accomplishments at various prisons throughout Florida illustrate the life of a truly exemplary man during his lengthy
imprisonment. He has tirelessly worked in a wide variety of educational, vocational, religious, and self-improvement
programs over the past 20 years teaching and helping literally THOUSANDS of his fellow prisoners while developing
considerable skills along the way. Charles has repeatedly been praised by correctional staff for his leadership,
organizational skills and ability to manage large work crews of inmates. A review of the certificates awarded to Charles
while in prison provides a glimpse of the scope of his prison activities but does not tell the whole story.
After coming to prison and being processed at Lake Butler Reception and Medical Center, Charles was sent to Union
Correctional Institution at Raiford - known as 'The Rock. Raiford was featured in a story presented by Dan Rather on
"60 Minutes" as being one of the most notorious prisons in the country. Many men sent to "The Rock" can't take
it and check in for protection. Many others succumb to the siren song of depravity and sexual violence only to become
prison homosexuals. Charles Norman made none of those choices. Charles chose a path of positive accomplishments
and good work. He became involved in the GOLAB Program, a prisoner self-help program provided by a private
corporation. Charlie thrived in this program and was offered a job as an administrative assistant to the GOLAB
coordinator, Mr. Rodney D. Hansen. One of Charlie's first accomplishments while in GOLAB was to obtain an "Apple"
computer for use in the program. This WATERSHED event paved the way for the use of microcomputers by prisoners - a
major realignment of correctional thinking in Florida! IT IS BELIEVED THAT CHARLIE IS THE FIRST PRISONER EVER
ENTRUSTED WITH A VIDEO CAMERA, VCR, AND VIDEOTAPES IN PRISON! Charlie also organized criminal justice seminars
that included presentations from college professors and law students from The University of Florida AND Florida State
University, county judges, prosecutors, legislators, including Senator George Kirkpatrick, criminologists, psychologists,
parole officials, Department of Corrections officials - and the MEDIA!
Charles has continued to further his intellectual capacity while in prison. He developed his computer skills in the
business occupations classes taught by Pasco County teacher Vivian Barnard and studied graphic arts and printing in
the PRIDE of Florida print shop AND produced special projects for DOC Secretary Louie Wainwright, assistant Secretary
Harry K. Singletary, GOVERNOR BOB GRAHAM, and many other Florida State agencies! He also developed the "WINNERS
PROGRAM" that tutored illiterate inmates AND was elected president of THE JAYCEES as well as leader of the
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES.
AWARD WINNING ARTIST...
BALUSTRADES' IN TAMPA
MEDIUM - ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
|'MERRY AT FLAGLER BEACH'
MEDIUM - ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
|'FRANKLIN AND POLK' 1994
11" x 14", MEDIUM - PEN AND INK
METHOD. THIS DRAWING CONSISTS
OF THOUSANDS OF INK DOTS AND
|SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
THURGOOD MARSHALL SCULPTURE
BY CHARLIE. IT WON A STATE PRIZE!
|'PASS-A-GRILLE CASINO' 1990
ORIGINAL 22" X 30", MEDIUM -
WATERCOLORS. ONE OF A SERIES OF
PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BASED ON
THE HISTORY OF THE TAMPA BAY AREA.
A PRIVATE PARTY OFFERED $1,500.OO IN
1990. IT'S NOW IN A PRIVATE
MEDIUM OIL AND
MEDIUM - ACRYLICS
|'MT. FUJI' IN JAPAN.
PAINTED IN 2002-2003
|'KITTY KITTY' pastel
|'LEOPARD' painted in 2002-2003