Liberal Arts Education

BETTER ANGELS PODCAST Max Kenner: how prison education gives hope

BPI's Executive Director Max Kenner sat down with Sarah Brown on the Better Angels Podcast, originally posted on Their World and reproduced below. “I think you’re exactly right that mass incarceration is a symptom, if not the most prominent system of structural racism in the… Read More 

BPI Alumna Stacy Burnett.
Alumni Advocacy

Letter to the Editor: Next Step for New York College-in-Prison Program That Turned My Life Around

BPI Alumna Stacy Burnett, a writer and current College & Community Fellowship (CCF) fellow, tells her story as a response to an article about the state of college-in-prison in New York in The Gotham Gazette. Read the full article below: To the Editor: Regarding "New York College-in-Prisons… Read More 

BPI students at chalkboard
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 

Dyjuan Tatro speaking on stage.
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 

Darren Mack
News | Alumni Advocacy

Access to higher ed for incarcerated students is essential to criminal justice reform

As College Behind Bars puts a spotlight on the issue of college in prison, 25 years after the removal of Pell Grants for people in prison, BPI Alumnus Darren Mack '13 shares his thoughts on higher education’s role in criminal justice reform and the… Read More