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.
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.
New York Time Op Ed: Gov. Cuomo's Bold Step on Prison Education
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.
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.
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.
ON THE RADIO
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.
Letter to the Editor – Harvard Magazine
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.”