Making a Difference in prison
I've only been in a prison a handful of times and in the past, it has always made me nervous. This visit was no different at first. However, it was obvious within minutes that these inmates were different. Our NBC team of correspondent Don Teague, camera man Mike Heimbuch, and sound technician Dana Marxen spent an afternoon profiling a new prison program in Texas. The inmates were intelligent,
respectful, and hungry for someone to care about their desire to be better citizens when they got out.
Tonight's "Making a Difference" segment features a woman who left what some people call the good life: a job on Wall Street and making six figures before she was even 30 years old. But for Catherine Rohr,
something was missing. Catherine went on an overseas mission trip and when she returned felt empty doing the daily million-dollar deals. She knew she needed to make a career change, but would've never guessed she'd end up in of all places ... a Texas prison.
How she got to the prison is a long story, but the short version goes something like this: Catherine had a powerful rolodex of high profile CEOs and business people. She learned the largest most concentrated
pool of future criminals are in prison because between 60 to 70 percent go back. She recognized that top dope dealers and gang leaders have entreprenuerial skills...they understand profit and leadership. So, why not couple those ideas and try to redirect those skills to better use?
Catherine packed her bags for Texas and from scratch started an entrepreneurship program to teach criminals how to be successful business leaders when they get out of prison. She tasked her old CEO
friends with being mentors to the criminals in the program. The numbers speak for themselves. Since the program started three years ago, her recidivism rate is less than 5 percent -- a far cry from the national average.
Things are Heating Up...
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