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Higher Education: A Powerful Impact on Incarcerated Individuals

Higher Education: A Powerful Impact on Incarcerated Individuals
On November 9th, Max Kenner, BPI founder, was honored with Manhattan Institute’s Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship. This award recognizes individuals who have founded programs that effectively address important public issues, through private means and effort. Without financial aid or direction from the government, BPI has managed to transform the lives of thousands of incarcerated individuals in NY state.
 

Democracy Now! Interviewed Max Kenner, Executive Director of Bard Prison Initiative

Democracy Now! Interviewed Max Kenner, Executive Director of Bard Prison Initiative

Max Kenner joined Democracy Now! to discuss BPI's recent victory against Harvard University, as well as the benefits of higher education behind bars.
 

Max Kenner Named One of the Chronicle of Philanthropy's 40 Under 40

Max Kenner Named One of the Chronicle of Philanthropy's 40 Under 40
At a time when many people question the value of a liberal-arts education, Max Kenner believes — fervently — that studying the humanities and sciences can transform lives. With the growing agreement among both liberals and conservatives about the need to overhaul the criminal-justice system, there’s a real possibility for long-term policy change, says Kenner. The Bard Prison Initiative will be a strong advocate, he says, pushing for dignified, rigorous education to be part of the solution.
 

Receiving an Education While Incarcerated Has Far-Reaching Effects

Despite the challenges they face, BPI alumni are positively impacting their families and communities, and demonstrate the importance of college-in-prison programs.  Some of their stories are highlighted in this short film.