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College Behind Bars: The Bard Prison Initiative

College Behind Bars: The Bard Prison Initiative (working title) will be a two-hour documentary that tells the untold story of a small group of men and women serving time for serious crimes in prisons in New York State, as they struggle to turn their lives around in a rigorous and highly effective liberal arts college degree program—the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). Through the stories of these inmates/students, the film will put a human face on America’s criminal justice crisis, shine a light on the fundamental relationship between incarceration and education, and raise deeper questions: What is prison for? Who among us has the potential to achieve academic excellence? 

Directed by Lynn Novick, produced by Sarah Botstein and Lynn Novick. The film will be a production of Skiff Mountain Films in association with Florentine Films.
 

 
 

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