Nov 25, 2019

PBS documentary explores the power of education for prisoners

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PBS' new documentary series "College Behind Bars" grants viewers an inside look at New York's Bard Prison Initiative, which allows select inmates to enroll in Bard College's curriculum, writes the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Recidivism among alumni from the program — which currently has 300 participants — is at 4%, compared to a 50% rate generally.

  • The four-parter, which airs Nov. 25 and 26, is executive-produced by Ken Burns and is the solo directorial debut of his longtime partner, Lynn Novick.
  • PBS is allowing the documentary to stream for free for 60 days.

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