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With No Google, the Incarcerated Wait for the Mail

With No Google, the Incarcerated Wait for the Mail
The New York Public Library recently started an Instagram series featuring questions that people posed to librarians in the days before Google.  Apparently, librarians stored the more interesting queries for decades.  As antiquated as the analog method seems, millions of people in jails and prisons with no Internet access still rely on librarians for answers that could be found in seconds online.  Most questions - 84 percent, responders say - come from facilities in New York state; the rest arrive from all over the country.



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The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education

The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education
In October 2014, Kenner was honored at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. as Smithsonian magazine announced the winners of the third annual American Ingenuity Awards.  The awards recognize the year's most amazing achievements and the innovators behind them.



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Albany Times Union: A New Prison Equation

Albany <em>Times Union</em>: A New Prison Equation
Which is the better path to a productive life: Watching movies, or going to school?  If you think that's a no-brainer, you must not be following New York politics.  The same state that adamantly refused this year to help prison inmated better themselves with a college education (at a cost of $5,000 per enrolled inmated) is perfectly contect to pay to show them movies.  The latest prison movie contract, running five years and costing about $894,000, was approved by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.




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From Prison to Diploma: How Education Can Help Fix a Broken System

From Prison to Diploma: How Education Can Help Fix a Broken System
As of 2013, one out of every 100 Americans is being imprisoned.  According to an investigation conducted by the International Centre for Prison Studies, this number reflects a rapid growth in incarceration rates that has more than quadrupled since the 1980s — and leaves the United States as the top producer of incarcerated individuals in the world.




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New York Time Op Ed: Gov. Cuomo's Bold Step on Prison Education

New York Time Op Ed: Gov. Cuomo

One of the biggest obstacles to reducing America’s enormous prison population is the stubbornly high rates of recidivism. Nationwide, as many as half of those released end up back in prison within three years. There are many reasons for this, and not many simple answers, but one solution has long proved to be both reliable and cost-effective: education behind bars.




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Alan Chartock: Free college for inmates a courageous initiative by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Alan Chartock: Free college for inmates a courageous initiative by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Should inmates in New York State prisons receive free college educations? Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks so. I think that this recent move by Cuomo is a profile in courage. Cuomo is one of the sharpest political practitioners around. Like a master chess player, he is acutely aware of what reaction will result from every political move he makes. Sometimes he does what is right rather than what is politically expedient.




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CNN: School of hard locks: College for prison inmates?

CNN: School of hard locks: College for prison inmates?

"First degree" could take on a whole new meaning within New York's prisons if a new proposal is approved by the state legislature. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced a plan to allow inmates to earn college degrees while behind bars by taking college-level courses. Cuomo cited multiple studies showing "that investing in college education for prisoners dramatically decreased recidivism rates while saving tax dollars on incarceration costs," in a statement released by his office this week.




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The Bard Prison Initiative: Bringing Hope to a Broken System

The Bard Prison Initiative: Bringing Hope to a Broken System
In a criminal justice system that’s astonishingly expensive and disproportionately punitive and yet stunningly ineffective at rehabilitating inmates or preventing crime, the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI)—a program of Bard College in Rhinebeck, New York—stands out for an approach that’s both innovative and practical. Founded in 1999 by then-student Max Kenner, BPI creates an opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences.

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UpFront – WMUA, 91.1 FM

An Interview with Ellen Condliffe

BPI Distinguished Fellow Ellen Lagemann was interviewed about BPI by Daria Fisk on UpFront – WMUA, 91.1 fm, December 12, 2012.

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Letter to the Editor – Harvard Magazine

Letter to the Editor – Harvard Magazine

May-June 2013

BPI Distinguished Fellow Ellen Lagemann’s letter to the editor, published in the May-June 2013 issue, in response to the article “America’s Prison Problem.”