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College Behind Bars

Explore the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees – and a chance at new beginnings – from one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs. A film by Lynn Novick. Tune in or Stream November 25 and 26 at 9/8c.


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Men and women earn college degrees - and a chance at new beginnings - while incarcerated.

Upcoming Episodes

Mon 11/25, 9:00pm
Parts One & Two

Meet the incarcerated men and women admitted to the rigorous Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). Some students make great strides academically, only to discover BPI keeps raising the bar. Being sent to solitary puts an education in jeopardy.

Tue 11/26, 9:00pm
Parts Three & Four

The students embark on yearlong senior projects. The prison debate team faces West Point and Harvard. Some students face the realities of going home. Bachelor's and associate degrees are awarded on graduation day.