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The New York Times Heralds the Work of BPI

The New York Times Heralds the Work of BPI
The Obama administration created a pilot program that will allow a limited number of inmates to receive federal Pell grants to take college courses behind bars. It will last three-to-five years and be open to inmates who are eligible for release, giving priority to those scheduled to be released within the next five years. College prison programs, such as BPI, have more than proved their worth and the Pell grant pilot program
will highlight the need for a broad new policy at
the federal level.

Here is Why it Makes Sense to Reopen Access to Pell Grants for Prisoners

Here is Why it Makes Sense to Reopen Access to Pell Grants for Prisoners
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to make a momentous announcement on the experimental reopening of Pell grant eligibility for some people in custody in federal correctional facilities. Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Distinguished Fellow, Bard Prison Initiative and Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, explains why Pell eligibility for prisoners is in society's best interest.

13th BPI Commencement

On June 2, 2015, BPI celebrated its 13th Commencement at Taconic Correctional Facility for women in Bedford Hills, NY. The milestone ceremony was the first at that facility and the second for BPI's female students. BPI awarded associate in arts degrees to nine students, with an additional four men in absentia.  This video celebrates the graduates and offers an interview with a BPI alumna who shares her views on the importance of obtaining a college education while incarcerated.

10th Anniversary Film

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.