Incarcerated men and women in New York State are admitted to the Bard Prison Initiative.

Part 4: 'Home is a Work in Progress'

The debate union faces Harvard. While Rodney and Sebastian complete their 100-page senior projects and present them to faculty, Giovannie gets into trouble and is sent to SHU, not able to complete his project before being released. At graduation at Taconic, Tamara, Tamika and Shawnta receive associate degrees, while at Eastern, Rodney and Sebastian receive bachelor’s degrees.

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Part 1: 'No One Ever Taught Me Any of That.'

Incarcerated men and women in New York State are admitted to the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), one of the most rigorous college programs in America. As they begin their studies at Eastern and Taconic Correctional facilities, they discover that they will be held to the same high standards as Bard College students on the main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson.

  • 2020-06-15T05:00:00-07:00

Part Two

The debate team prepares to compete. Some students make great strides academically, only to discover that the college program keeps raising the bar. Being sent to the solitary housing unit puts an education in serious jeopardy. Jules returns home.

  • 2020-06-15T06:00:00-07:00

Part 3: 'Every Single Word Matters'

The debate union faces their rival across the river, West Point. Rodney, Sebastian and Giovannie embark on yearlong senior projects. Newly released from federal prison, Dyjuan’s younger brother, Kanan, comes for a visit, as does Rodney’s sister, Elitha. Tamara receives devastating news from home, and Shawnta reckons with her own path to prison. In New York City, Jule struggles to find work.

  • 2020-06-16T05:00:00-07:00

Part Four

The prison debate team faces Harvard. Two students complete their senior projects, while another is sent to the solitary housing unit and isn't able to finish before being released. Bachelor's and associate degrees are awarded on graduation day.

  • 2020-06-16T06:00:00-07:00