Bard Prison Initiative

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The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) is a program sponsored by Bard College
Bard College
Bard College, founded in 1860 as "St. Stephen's College", is a small four-year liberal arts college located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.-Location:...

 to provide a liberal arts degree to incarcerated individuals in five different prison
Prison
A prison is a place in which people are physically confined and, usually, deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime...

s in the U.S. State
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

. It currently enrolls over 200 students full time in liberal arts programs that end in associate and bachelor's degrees. Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1995, the BPI is one of the only college degree granting programs available in U.S. prisons.