Sun, 19 October 2014
We continue our discussions about the innovative Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) to provide a college education for the incarcerated. Through BPI, inmates are given opportunity to study college courses and earn credits toward an Associates Degree. BPI has facilitated a unique opportunity for its graduates to reinvent their lives and provide renewed hopes for their future. The rate of success and contribution by BPI graduates reinforces the value of a college degree and the ability to transform individuals. Since its inception in 2001, BPI has grown and operates six satellite campuses throughout New York. Recently, Max Kenner, founder and executive director of BPI, was recognized for the innovative program and won a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.