College Behind Bars: An Inside Look
College Behind Bars, a new four-part documentary about the transformative power of education, premiered nationwide on PBS on November 25 and 26, 2019. 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.
The students and filmmakers reveal the inspiring story of how the power of education can change lives in College Behind Bars.
Ways to Watch
Did you miss the live broadcast? All episodes are now available to PBS Members and on Amazon Prime.
PBS Passport Members can stream anytime online at pbs.org/collegebehindbars
Also available on Amazon Prime Video
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BPI alumni and staff have been traveling around the country with the filmmakers engaging in conversations about ‘College Behind Bars’ and their experiences at BPI and beyond.
College Behind Bars is directed and produced by Lynn Novick; produced by Sarah Botstein; edited by Tricia Reidy ACE; produced by Salimah El-Amin and Mariah Doran; original music by Jongnic Bontemps; cinematography by Buddy Squires ASC and Nadia Hallgren. Ken Burns is executive producer. College Behind Bars is a production of Skiff Mountain Films, in association with Florentine Films and WETA-TV.