BPI Press Clip The New York Times

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the nation’s cash-strapped prison education system. Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,… 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