Juggling Two Realities: Between Prisoner and Student in College Behind Bars

March 25, 2020

“You’re a prisoner, and you’re a student,” BA student Rodney Spivey-Jones explains. “It’s balancing two identities.” For the incarcerated people enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) college program, every day is a negotiation between these two often conflicting identities. While they dedicate nearly all of their time to student life, the prison system still sees them as only prisoners — a status that allows the state to confine, harass, and abuse them.

Directed by Lynn Novick, the documentary series College Behind Bars follows a handful…

February 27, 2020

Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential bid has brought New York City’s infamous stop-and-frisk policy back into the national conversation, reigniting discussions about criminal justice, policing, and racial profiling. But the policy also raises questions about another controversial issue: gun control.

Bloomberg’s record on guns usually garners high praise among Democrats, and even affords him some progressive credentials. He’s used his wealth and platform to advocate for gun control policies that aim to stop mass shootings and other forms of gun violence throughout the country. …

Carson Silverman Horky

Los Angeles, CA

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