Making matters even more interesting, the Bard team was asked to argue for the ability of public schools to deny enrollment to undocumented students, which isn't a viewpoint you'd expect prisoners to adopt easily. Still, that's how debates work, and it didn't stop the Bard team from laying down an argument that totally caught Harvard's elite off-guard and sweeping the competition.
It shouldn't be too surprising that the prison debate team performed as well as they did against Harvard when you consider their past performance, defeating teams from the University of Vermont and the US military academy at West Point -- in fact, West Point demanded a rematch (which they won), and the friendly rivalry's turned into an annual competition.
All the Harvard jokes aside, though, the Bard Prison Initiative is actually an important program worth highlighting, if only because of this stat: of the formerly incarcerated students who've earned degrees through the program, less than 2% have returned to prison within three years. This, compared with the statewide recidivism rate of around 40%, is a huge improvement.