The Bard Prison Initiative enrolls over 300 incarcerated students in six New York State prisons. Since its founding in 2001, BPI students have earned over 52,000 credits and 550 Bard College degrees. BPI alumni are now on the ground, in their communities, giving back in ways that positively impact the lives of young people facing some of the same challenges they once faced.
College Behind Bars is an intimate look at the lives and experiences of a dozen BPI students and their families that confronts and challenges conventional wisdom about the purpose of both education and incarceration. College Behind Bars premiered nationwide on PBS on November 25 and 26, 2019.
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