Teaching Inmates

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

We look at the impact of education programs on New York’s inmate population. Max Kenner is director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which has opened college programs in four prisons in upstate New York. Inmates are held to the same standards as other Bard Collegestudents. Justice Walston is an alumnus of the BPI.


Max Kenner and Justice Walston
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Comments [5]

Kristina Caroll from Astoria, NY 11105

I am trying to locate Rachel, who wrote to you that she teaches at Rikers. I am a college professor who wants to volunteer to teach in prison. Rachel above lives also in Astoria. Can you give Rachel my Email address. Thank you.

Feb. 05 2009 02:40 PM
Alissa from Upstate NY

It's my understanding that they have classes in Bayview, so women are definitely represented among BPI's students.

Nov. 05 2008 12:03 PM
Jackie Ross from NYC

On November 13th at SUNY Old Westbury in Long Island, join leading state legislators, criminal justice professionals, academicians, program practitioners, formerly incarcerated people, and concerned citizens as they discuss why public funding for college programs in prison is with the investment.

In addition to Max Kenner, presenters will include:

Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, President, SUNY Old Westbury
Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry, Chair, Committee on Correction
Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Chair, Committee on Higher Education

For more information and a complete list of panelists, visit


Nov. 04 2008 01:56 PM
Rachel from Astoria, NY

I teach academic classes to incarcerated women at Rikers Island and am concerned about gender disparities in correctional education. Does the Bard Prison Initiative offer college courses in any women's prisons?

Nov. 04 2008 01:47 PM
Senne from Ridgewood

Do these inmates find it tough to find employment when they are released from prison?

It kinda reminds me of Pygmalion and how Henry Higgens preps Eliza for the real world but she realizes she might not be able to find real work.

Nov. 04 2008 01:41 PM

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