College Behind Bars
Best Visual Storytelling (Larger Newsroom)

Entry Credit

Skiff Mountain Films
WETA, Washington, DC
In association with Florentine Films

About the Entry

College Behind Bars puts a human face on mass incarceration by examining the transformative power of education.The team spent years following incarcerated men and women trying to further their educations. The series highlights the remarkable life-changing effects of Bard College’s unusual prison education program that allows some prisoners an opportunity to receive an elite liberal arts education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Comments from the Judges

“The commitment and effort the filmmakers took to tell the stories of inmates trying to better their lives by obtaining a college degree – and what their stories say about our criminal justice system – is nothing short of incredible.”

“A remarkable film and important work by documentarian Lynn Novick. Video, audio, score, editing is highest quality…The film does honor to its subjects and the debate over the purpose of education and rehabilitation.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.​