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Governor Cuomo Champions the Bard Prison Initiative

On February 16, 2014 at Wilborn Church in Albany, NY - before dozens of elected officials including NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to restore college-in-prison on a broad scale. Highlighting Bard's work and the accomplishments of two BPI alumni in the audience, the Governor introduced plans to support ten programs across New York State.

College Goes to Prison

Brian Lehrer, the Peabody Award-winning host of WNYC Radio's Brian Lehrer Show, discusses Governor Cuomo's plan to fit prison-college programs into the next state budget. The idea is not a new one. Brian and his guests look at existing, but privately-funded, programs in New York state.  The guests are Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), a BPI alum, Erica Matea, and co-author of a landmark study on the matter, Maria Elena Torre.

The Crown of Life

Every autumn, Leon Botstein conducts the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra within Eastern Correctional Facility. The annual program draws an audience of roughly 500 from within the prison and is a rare opportunity for Conservatory students to share their talents with their fellow Bard students who are enrolled through BPI, as well as the general population at Eastern.

60 Minutes

Correspondent Bob Simon reports on the Bard Prison Initiative from its program at the Eastern Correctional Facility in New York State. The story features four BPI students and interviews with Commissioner of New York State Department of Corrections Brian Fischer, Bard College President Leon Botstein, BPI Executive Director Max Kenner, and Associate Professor of History Tabetha Ewing. Produced by Catherine Olian, the eleven-minute feature aired on April 15, 2007.

How To Succeed in Business By Really, Really Trying

Part II of PBS economics correspondent Paul Solman’s report on the Bard Prison Initiative, focusing on BPI alumni employed with WeRecycle!, an innovative New York electronics recycling facility, including interviews with BPI alum Anthony Cardenales, WeRecycle! owners John and Wendy Neu, WeRecycle! COO Virgil Fisher, and and BPI Executive Director Max Kenner. Produced by Lee Koromvokis, the piece aired on July 27, 2011.

From Ball and Chain to Cap and Gown: Getting a B.A. Behind Bars

From Ball and Chain to Cap and Gown: Getting a B.A. Behind Bars“PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the Bard Prison Initiative and its academic based “job training” from Woodbourne Correctional Facility, with interviews with BPI incarcerated students, BPI faculty, and Max Kenner, BPI Executive Director. The piece aired on July 26, 2011, and is the first part of a two-part series.

Bard Commencement 2010

A BPI student graduates on May 22, 2010 with the Bard College graduating class of 2010.

Woodbourne Correctional Facility

TF1, the National French televison channel and the most popular domestic tv network, reports on BPI’s program at Woodbourne Correctional Facility in New York State.