Communications | Advocacy / Policy

On the win, at last

Dear Friend, Last night the President, at last, signed the omnibus spending and COVID relief bill into law. The insidious provision of the ’94 Crime Bill — that revoked modest student aid from incarcerated people and eviscerated college-in-prison instantly — has been reversed. Since the ‘94… Read More 

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News | Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison

Opinion: Unlocking the Potential of Prison Education

Tanya Erzen, founder and former executive director of Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, a partner in BPI's Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, warns that in-person learning can't be replaced with tablets in prison. This article, reproduced here, first appeared in Inside Higher… Read More 

News | Alumni Advocacy

The Bard Prison Initiative: Education, Incarceration, and Public Health

In  January 2020, BPI faculty and alumni Robert E. Fullilove EdD, Anibal Cortes MPH '08, Richard Gamarra MPH '14, and Hancy Maxis BA '15  jointly authored an article in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) describing the value of college in prison and… Read More 

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News | College Behind Bars

PBS chronicles 12 [incarcerated students] who value education in ‘College Behind Bars’

BPI alumni Jule Hall and Salih Israil, who are featured in College Behind Bars, spoke with Patrice Gaines along with the film’s director, Lynn Novick. This article, reproduced below, first appeared in NBC News.   The film fills the screen with stories about human transformation as… Read More 

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News | Alumni Advocacy

The Right to Learn Behind Bars: Encouraging College in Prison Reduces Recidivism and Helps Society

BPI alumnus Dyjuan Tatro ’18, government affairs officer for the Bard Prison Initiative, recently penned an op-ed on the value of investing public funds in college in prison. This article, reproduced below, first appeared in the New York Daily News.   Read the full article below: The… Read More 

News | Alumni News

Vulture: In College Behind Bars, Prisoners Step Into the Classroom

Ted Alcorn writes about BPI Alumnus Rodney Spivey-Jones’s ('17) unique experience of watching himself in a screening of the documentary film College Behind Bars, behind bars. The article, reproduced below, first appeared in Vulture, from New York Magazine.  From the article: Spivey-Jones had already seen earlier… Read More