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Over a Thanksgiving weekend, you can watch the first part in a 4 part documentary series about the Bard Prison Initiative(BPI). BPI is a program at Bard College that brings college into various prisons in NY. The degree that students earn is the same degree that students in the free world earn.

The doc follows a number of BPI students through their program, offered to a limited number of students at Eastern and at a max women's prison. So, if you wanted to know what it was like to try to get a degree behind bars, it is worth a gander.

BPI is in it's 20th year. At the same time that Berkeley was pulling out of its San Quentin program because the Tough on Crime politics pulled all Pell grant money from prisoner access, Bard developed the BPI. It is one of a number of schools that have done this - Grinnell in Iowa, a school in WA, a few in IN - all over. So, if you were thinking, “but my LO isn,t at Eastern” and you think your LO could qualify, check around you - there might be a program in your state. If not, with Pell grants again available to many prisoners, you might be able to get people together to persuade a nearby college or university to offer classes and programs in your LO's prison.

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http://kenburns.com/college-behind-bars/
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Thanks for posting this. The good news is college courses are back in CA through select community colleges and the fees are covered. There are serious drawbacks (from an academic standpoint), but the programming is there and it's a great opportunity for those willing to take advantage of it.
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Is this for federal prisons and prisoners too or state only?
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This is for state prisoners in states where there is a participating college or university. So, Bard College is at one prison in NY. Grinnell College is at one prison in Iowa. There are plenty of college opportunities outside of these particular programs, but these programs coming from highly selective colleges and universities are very small and target one prison generally reasonably close to the University since the professors teach both at the colleges and the prison and engage in research.
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Related colleges with links can be found at the bottom of the BPI page here

https://bpi.bard.edu/our-work/national-projects/
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So anyone know of college programs in Federal Prisons? BOP System??
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So anyone know of college programs in Federal Prisons? BOP System??
Not like this. These programs are location specific.

BOP has its own education policies. If trump has not eviscerated Pell grants for inmates, your man can apply for one and do an online or correspondence AA at one of the schools that participates with the BOP educational services.

He should ask his counselor about opportunities. Otherwise, try the Ohio State program - correspondence based, but most inmates who are not in Ad Seg or other disciplinary housing can usually do courses there. The Ohio State program's credits are transferable should he want to continue.

But, hey, fail to understand the point of the original post and make demands about a program without investing the time necessary to ask a question that has not already been answered a few times in this forum. you endear yourself to those who promote inmate education and answer questions in this forum. Hijack this thread to your own purposes because you won't start your own thread.

Again, the Bard and related programs are highly selective, represent top notch college educational opportunities that people in the related states have to qualify for and wait for. This is not federal. it has nothing to do with the federal system or the roadblocks the BOP puts up. It has everything to do with qualified, highly motivated students who wait sometimes years to get into the programs. It has everything to do with trying to get colleges that cut programs to get back into the state prisons to offer degrees and educational opportunities substantially similar to those that prisoners could experience on the outside.
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