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.
All told, it turns out the main difference between an Ivy League student and a prisoner is simple opportunity. Oh, and the whole "committing a crime" thing. That too.
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