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A Harvard Debate Team Lost to a Prison Debate Team

 

esquire.com – Michael Sebastian

Three men serving time for violent offenses squared off against a trio of Harvard undergraduates in a debate contest last month. And the inmates won. The contest took place at Eastern New York Correctional Facility, where men at the maximum security prison can take college-level classes as part of the Bard Prison Initiative, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The inmates had to debate in favor of public schools having the ability to deny enrollment to undocumented students—a position against which they “fiercely disagreed,” the Journal notes. The prison debate team has been on a bit of a tear since 2014, beating West Point, the nationally ranked University of Vermont, and now Harvard. (West Point beat them in a rematch.)

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