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BPI Defeats West Point Debate Team

BPI Defeats West Point Debate Team
Last fall, the BPI division of the Bard Debate Union competed against Harvard, won, and made international headlines.  On April 15 the BPI team had its 3rd annual competition against the United States Military Academy at West Point and won by unanimous decision.
 

A College Education in Prison

A College Education in Prison
The Bard Prison Initiative is part of a renaissance in higher education programs for inmates, which significantly reduce recidivism rates and costs to taxpayers. BPI boasts a remarkable recidivism rate of 4% for inmates who merely participated in the program and 2.5% for those who earned degrees in prison. In addition, research has shown that the public saves $4 to $5 in reimprisonment costs for every $1 it spends on prison education.
 

BPI Debate Team's Win Over Harvard Underscores the Effectiveness of an Unorthodox Education Program

BPI Debate Team's Win Over Harvard Underscores the Effectiveness of an Unorthodox Education Program
How did Harvard's debate team lose to BPI students in a maximum security prison?  The answer lies with the Bard Prison Initiative, which offers college-in-prison in six upstate New York prisons.  BPI's courses and academic expectations are every bit as high as those on Bard's campus and BPI strives to replicate the college experience as much as possible, despite the challenging circumstances.  This
includes offering a debate team. 
 

Bard Prison Initiative Featured on PBS's Tavis Smiley Show

Bard Prison Initiative Featured on PBS's Tavis Smiley Show
Max Kenner, executive director of BPI, and George Chochos, alumnus of BPI, were recently interviewed by Tavis Smiley and featured on his national talk show aired by PBS.  They discuss BPI's acclaimed program, its history, and the importance of offering educational opportunities.
 

Celebrating Change: A Message from Cardinal Dolan

Celebrating Change: A Message from Cardinal Dolan
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, shares his thoughts about the Bard Prison Initiative and the transformative power of education. Students and alumni/ae of BPI continue to prove what's possible when we expect more of, and hope for the best for, one another. In celebrating the season, let the achievements of these students inspire and remind us of what genuine change can mean.

BPI's Haggadah Supplement

Engaging contemporary problems that are deeply linked to the Passover story, this supplement recasts the traditional Four Questions. It aims to encourage Seder participants to debate the meaning of freedom, the place of incarceration in our society, and the value of learning, study, and education. It will prompt discussion about mass incarceration: the process through which the United States has jailed more of its population than any nation in the history of the world. And, the supplement suggests a potential solution to the problem.