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How Prison Education Can Save Taxpayers Money

How Prison Education Can Save Taxpayers Money
April 8, 2015
Ensuring that former inmates are educated and have the skills to give back to their communities may seem like a no-brainer, but these programs face extraordinary resistance. The common argument against prison education is that while law-abiding college students are struggling, taxpayers don’t see the fairness in paying to educate criminals. However, prison experts argue that public-funded prison education programs actually stand to help tax-paying citizens save money.



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Timothy Cardinal Dolan Blogs About Attending BPI Commencement

Timothy Cardinal Dolan Blogs About Attending BPI Commencement

January 26, 2015
On January 24, 2015, BPI celebrated its twelfth commencement ceremony. Fifty one students received Bard degrees. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York, received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address. He wrote about the experience on his weblog, which garnered national attention from publications such as the Harvard Political Review and the Sterling Journal-Advocate.



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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
November 2014
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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With No Google, the Incarcerated Wait for the Mail

With No Google, the Incarcerated Wait for the Mail
January 25, 2015
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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Trench Democracy in Criminal Justice #3: An Interview with Max Kenner

Trench Democracy in Criminal Justice #3: An Interview with Max Kenner

December 31, 2014
Innovative democratic professionals are recreating some of our most fundamental institutions, shaping new democratic practices and struggling against the sometimes profoundly counter-democratic tendencies of contemporary American institutions. While their work is always in progress, their experiences hold value for anyone interested in democracy’s future. Max Kenner recently discussed BPI, its significance for both incarcerated and conventional students and for the faculty involved, and its long-term democratic implications.



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Albany Times Union: A New Prison Equation

Albany <em>Times Union</em>: A New Prison Equation
September 3, 2014
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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CNN: School of hard locks: College for prison inmates?

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

February 18, 2014
"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
April 1, 2014
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

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.”