Welcome to EJP

Our Mission

The mission of the Education Justice Project is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their families, the communities from which they come, the host institution, and society as a whole.


Applications to Work with EJP due October 1, 2015

We welcome applications to work with our prison-based education programs at Danville Correctional Center. Applications are due on Oct. 1, 2015 to participate in Chicago Anti-Violence Education (C.A.V.E.), a trauma-informed peer-led anti-violence program; to teach a for-credit course; become a member of the Mindfulness Discussion Group or Language Partners (our ESL program); or become a writing, math, business, or science workshop instructor. We also seek academic advisors and writing tutors. Applications and more information about our programs are available here. Click here for a flyer.

Come and meet us! We’ll be hosting EJP Info Sessions:

Thursday Sept. 3 and
Monday Sept. 14
6 – 7:30 pm
Illini Union, Room 405

Or visit the EJP Display in the North Lobby of the College of Education on Thursday Sept. 10 from 12 – 5.

The best way to learn about EJP is to attend an open house at the prison. We are taking RSVPs until Sept. 9 for our fall open house, to be held Friday Sept. 25 from 5 – 8pm at Danville Correctional Center. Transportation provided. Please contact info@educationjustice.net for more information.


The Ripple Effect

EJP’s newest initiative is based in Champaign county and all are welcome. The next meeting of The Ripple Effect (Reaching Inside Prisons with Purpose and Love) will be from 5:30 – 7pm pm on Monday, September 21 2015 at Bethel AME Church, 401 E. Park Street, Champaign. We will share a meal and write cards and letters to people in jail and prison. All are welcome, especially children. Please contact us at info@educationjustice.net for more information or click here for a flyer.


EJP Scholarship Forms Available Now

Applications are now available for returning citizens, family members of EJP students, family members of those incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, and family members of Danville Correctional Center staff. Each year EJP offers $500 scholarships to individuals in the above categories. Please contact Scholarship Coordinator Perry Benson for more information: plbensonjr@gmail.com

Scholarship for Returning Citizens

Scholarship for Family of EJP Students

Scholarship for Family of Others Incarcerated at Danville CC 

Scholarship for Family of DCC staff


EJP Video

Click here to view a 10-minute video about EJP’s work at Danville Correctional Center.

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