BPI Press Clip The Wall Street Journal

Prison vs. Harvard: The Debate Rematch

The Bard Prison Initiative team has built an impressive record—and international reputation—since its unlikely 2015 victory By Corinne Ramey NAPANOCH, N.Y.—The Harvard College Debating Union wanted a rematch. The team had suffered a hard loss in 2015 to a group of talented debaters, drawing international attention. So… Read More 

BPI Press Clip NY Daily News

Helping prisoners go to college helps New York

Last week, the New York State budget included a major victory for educational equity, ending a 26-year-old ban on access to need-based Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants for incarcerated students. Having myself attended college while incarcerated, I can attest to the importance of the… Read More 

BPI Press Clip The Appeal

Op-Ed – College Programs in Prison Show the Value of Educating Every American

Prisons, one graduate writes, should be institutions of learning, not ‘wastelands’ that willfully overlook human potential. by Rodney-Spivey Jones '17 Opinion Contributor A few weeks ago, I was sitting at a library table with several other tutors, discussing strategies for supporting first-year Bard College students. One colleague… Read More 

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Dyjuan Tatro of ‘College Behind Bars’ talks education reform for prisons

More often than not, incarcerated persons are viewed negatively in society. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick‘s documentary, College Behind Bars, is striving to change that narrative. “Inside the walls of a classroom, you escape the walls of a cell — and you become an individual again,” says Shawnta Montgomery, speaking at… Read More 

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How A Liberal Arts Education Helps Felons Become ‘Civic Beings’

By Emily Chamlee-Wright Later this month, professors Chris Surprenant (University of New Orleans) and Jason Brennan (Georgetown University) will release their new book on mass incarceration, Injustice for All: How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the U.S. Criminal Justice System. The numbers, Surprenant reminded me in… Read More 

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