YOU DON’T WANT TO SPEND YOUR LIFE IN THE PENITENTIARY. TAKE IT FROM THIS GUY.

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It’s all shoot ’em up, bang bang until the gavel slams down. Then the brain is forced to embrace the consequences of those street actions. Joseph Norfleet is serving life in prison after missing his intended target in a drive-by shooting and killing a 9-year-old boy in 1994. In this video, Jeffrey Goldberg visits him in the Louisiana State Penitentiary to discuss his experience in prison and the prospect of rehabilitation. Goldberg tells Norfleet’s story in more detail in “A Matter of Black Lives,” in the September issue of The Atlantic.

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