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BPI Debate Union is now 6-2!

BPI Debate Union is now 6-2!
On Friday, December 1st, BPI hosted Morehouse College for the eighth intercollegiate debate at Eastern Correctional Facility. As an underdog, facing one of the top teams in the country, BPI’s team won by a narrow decision. These students continue to demonstrate the power of a liberal arts education.   

Resolved: Race-based affirmative action in college and university admissions should be eliminated.

Let Prisoners Learn While They Serve

Let Prisoners Learn While They Serve


The NY Times Editorial Board praised BPI's "highly regarded program" when endorsing Governor Cuomo’s and Manhattan District Attorney Vance’s plan to invest $7 million from big bank settlement funds in seven college-in-prison programs across New York state. According to the Times editors, programs like BPI have "more than proved their value" in reducing recidivism and changing the outcomes of the criminal justice system, and they called on lawmakers to do more to support this work.
 

Scholars Behind Bars

Scholars Behind Bars
The New York Review of Books featured the publications of two members of the Bard Prison Initiative team: Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Distinguished Fellow at the BPI, and Daniel Karpowitz, Director of Policy and National Programs of BPI. Both Lagemann's Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison and Karpowitz's College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration are sure to impact the way education in prison is understood in the United States.
 

BPI Celebrates 16th Commencement Ceremony

On June 1st, BPI celebrated its 16th commencement ceremony and our 2nd commencement at Taconic Correctional Facility for women. Ten women received their AA degrees, bringing our total of Bard College degrees conferred through BPI to nearly 450. Supporters, like you, make these achievements possible. Please help us reach our $100,000 challenge grant!