On Monday and Tuesday this week, PBS will be airing a documentary about BPI, the Bard Prison Initiative, a program that since 2001 has enrolled incarcerated students in full-time college programs where they can graduate with Bard College degrees.
College Behind Bars, a four-part documentary film series directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick, produced by Sarah Botstein, and executive produced by Ken Burns, tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees and turn their lives around in one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States – the Bard Prison Initiative.PBS
How to Watch
Tune in to the broadcast premiere on your local PBS station.
Episodes 1 & 2 air Mon. Nov. 25.
Episodes 3 & 4 air Tue. Nov. 26.
9pm EST/8pm CT
Stream anytime online at pbs.org/collegebehindbars beginning Nov. 25
Join the Conversation
As you watch, join the online conversation about the documentary using these hashtags:
Invite Your Friends to Watch!
Nov. 25th on @PBS #CollegeBehindBarsPBS follows a group of @BPIBard students working to earn degrees in prison and defying common expectations of who college is for and where it might lead.Learn how to watch here: https://bit.ly/32uM1qeTweet
What is prison for? Who has access to education? On Nov. 25th, I am watching #CollegeBehindBarsPBS, an amazing look into @BPIBard, one of the most rigorous #CollegeInPrison programs in the country. Airing/streaming on @PBS #PellYesLearn how to watch here: https://bit.ly/32uM1qeTweet
400 hrs of footage shot over 7 yrs. Unprecedented access to New York State Prisons. #CollegeBehindBarsPBS is a 4-part, 4-hour deep dive into some of the most pressing criminal justice issues facing this nation. @BPIBard Tune in!Learn how to watch here: https://bit.ly/32uM1qeTweet
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