With a 12-4 record, BPI’s Debate Union has a history of wins against debate teams including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, and most recently Brown University. The team hosted its first public-style debate in April 2014 against West Point on the topic of “Should the United States Federal Government invest in a national high speed rail system?” They won.
Their meet up with Harvard brought international attention to their efforts and what these students are capable of. You can read more about that famous debate in this article by Leslie Brody in the Wall Street Journal, Three [Incarcerated Students] Beat Harvard in a Debate. Here’s What Happened Next.