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13th BPI Commencement

On June 2, 2015, BPI celebrated its 13th Commencement at Taconic Correctional Facility for women in Bedford Hills, NY. The milestone ceremony was the first at that facility and the second for BPI's female students. BPI awarded associate in arts degrees to nine students, with an additional four men in absentia.  This video celebrates the graduates and offers an interview with a BPI alumna who shares her views on the importance of obtaining a college education while incarcerated.


10th Anniversary Film

A milestone was marked in 2011 as the Bard Prison Initiative celebrated its 10th year of providing meaningful higher education and opportunity to incarcerated men and women. To document a decade of student and alumni achievements in New York and through the national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, BPI produced a twelve-minute film, made by filmmaker Frank duPont.



George Chochos '10 Featured on NPR's Where We Live


George Chochos '10 Featured on NPR's Where We Live

Featured in this NPR Where We Live broadcast is BPI alumnus, George Chochos, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees while in prison in New York State. Joining him are educators from the Center for Prison Education, which offers Wesleyan University classes to inmates at several prisons in Connecticut as well as a researcher from the RAND Corporation who discusses a study on the effectiveness of correctional education programs across the U.S.

BPI Alumna Erica Mateo's Groundbreaking Work at the Center for Court Innovation Featured by Chase

BPI Alumna Erica Mateo's Groundbreaking Work at the Center for Court Innovation Featured by Chase
BPI alumna, Erica Mateo, joined the Justice Center shortly after it opened four years ago and helped launch the youth court program, which has two goals: To divert young people away from the county courts so they can instead be judged by a jury of their peers, literally, while training those peers to be community advocates who can talk about the harm certain actions can cause.