Three prisoners at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York surprisingly defeated the nationally ranked Harvard debate team back three weeks ago.
The prisoners, Carl Snyder, Dyjuan Tatro and Carlos Polanco, are part of the Bard Prison Initiative where inmates at six New York prisons can enroll in a college program offered by Bard College.
This program is highly selective, in part because the inmates who are chosen to take part in the program receive an actual degree from Bard, which is hard enough to achieve without being in prison. 10 inmates apply for each spot available. The program is also lucrative because it is free for the inmates (the cost is covered by private donors), and professors from Bard actually go to the prisons and teach the inmates in 60 courses that are offered by the college.