Welcome to EJP

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you enjoy learning more about EJP’s work and the many ways that you can support it.


Job Position: Director of Grassroots Fundraising

The primary function of this position is to secure financial support for the unit by strengthening and expanding relationships with EJP’s donors.  This involves integrating fundraising with EJP’s communications strategies. This is a two-year grant funded position that may become a permanent position. We’re seeking someone with a passion for our work, high levels of energy and motivation, and enthusiasm for seeking support from friends of the program. A full job description is available here.

To apply, please visit the U of I’s jobs page, here. Applications are currently open and will remain open until June 5, 2017.


Donate to EJP

We welcome your support. Visit our donations page to contribute to our work at Danville Correctional Center, in Chicago, and in Champaign-Urbana. Click here for EJP Donors’ FAQ.


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. Please click here to view our Strategic Objectives for 2015-18. Click here for a copy of our most recent newsletter.


EJP Video

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


Apply to EJP

We accept applications to work with EJP at Danville Correctional Center twice each year. Thank you to everyone who sent in applications for our March 1 deadline. The next round of applications will be due October 2, 2017. Please visit our Apply to EJP page, which provides detailed information about the application process. Click here for FAQs about teaching with EJP.  For-credit courses instructors in all disciplines are invited to apply. Courses may be lower- or upper-division. We also welcome workshop facilitators, writing tutors, and much more. Click here for upcoming events for the interested in applying, or simply learning more about our work.


EJP Scholarships

Each year the Education Justice Project offers $500 scholarships to family members of EJP students (1), family members of individuals in Danville Correctional Center’s general population (1), and returning citizens (2). Applications instructions and materials are available below. The next deadline will be November 1, 2017. Please contact info@educationjustice.net for more information.

Family Members of EJP students

Family Members of DCC general population

Returning Citizens (IL only)


Mapping Your Future – EJP Reentry Guide

Download a copy of Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry, EJP’s 2016-17 reentry guide for Illinois.

Click here for FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the guide. We welcome your input. Please send us your suggestions, corrections, and revisions at  info@educationjustice.net or 217.300.5150.


Ripple Effect

We invite individuals with loved ones in prison to join us on the third Monday of each month. We organize these gatherings for mutual support and to provide an opportunity for people with loved ones inside to learn from those who have been in prison themselves. Come with your questions, and also with the addresses of your incarcerated loved ones. Ripple Effect provides stationery and postage. Please join us at CIMIC (Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center) at 106 S. Lincoln, Urbana from 5:30 – 7. Children’s activities and light supper provided. All are welcome. No need to RSVP.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
403 E. Healey Ave, MC-423
Champaign, IL 61820