Bard Prison Initiative students at Taconic Correctional Facility. Photo by Karen Pearson
Bard Prison Initiative Senior Government Affairs Officer Dyjuan Tatro ’18 is calling for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to be restored for students in prison. “I have been able to achieve really life-changing things in terms of the types of opportunities that are usually afforded formerly incarcerated people and that's because I had access to a higher education while I was in prison,” Tatro says. Last week, Governor Kathy Hochul called to reinstate TAP eligibility for incarcerated students this year. The state legislature will still need to pass the bill before Hochul could sign it into law.