January 26, 2015
Saturday, I had a very memorable experience.
Last summer, on a visit to Eastern Correctional Institution up in Napanoch, I was introduced to prisoners who were enrolled in college – – yes, real college ! – – and was very impressed with the program. These inmates invited me to be the commencement speaker at their graduation. I was moved and grateful, and happily accepted.
This remarkable college program, all taking place behind bars, is called the Bard Prison Initiative, and has been up and effectively running at six of New York States’ prisons, as well as in six other…