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Governor Cuomo Champions the Bard Prison Initiative

On February 16, 2014 at Wilborn Church in Albany, NY - before dozens of elected officials including NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to restore college-in-prison on a broad scale. Highlighting Bard's work and the accomplishments of two BPI alumni in the audience, the Governor introduced plans to support ten programs across New York State.

Tenth Anniversary Video

A milestone was marked in 2011 as the Bard Prison Initiative celebrated its 10th year of providing meaningful higher education and opportunity to incarcerated men and women. To document a decade of student and alumni achievements in New York and through the national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, BPI produced a twelve-minute film, made by filmmaker Frank duPont.

BPI Passover Haggadah Supplement

BPI Passover Haggadah Supplement
BPI is pleased to share our inaugural Haggadah supplement produced with generous support from the Bronfman Youth Fellowships Alumni Venture Fund. For nearly fifteen years, BPI has worked to reestablish a place for real educational opportunity within America’s vast system of criminal punishment.

Gov. Cuomo’s Bold Step on Prison Education

Gov. Cuomo’s Bold Step on Prison Education
One of the biggest obstacles to reducing America’s enormous prison population is the stubbornly high rates of recidivism. Nationwide, as many as half of those released end up back in prison within three years.