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.


October 18, 2017: EJP is delighted to announce that we are the recipient of a one million dollar gift from the Andrew H. Mellon Foundation! We’re grateful for the foundation’s confidence in the incarcerated scholars we work with and the community-based programs that EJP offers. You can read more about the grant and how we plan to invest it to create even better and more lasting impacts here.


Join us at an Open House at our new offices at 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign Saturday Nov. 18, 2017 from 1 – 4pm. View the invitation here.


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. Click here for a copy of our most recent newsletter.


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.


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. The next round of applications will be due March 1, 2018. 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 can offer $3,000 for a full-semester course. We also welcome workshop facilitators, writing tutors, and ESL instructors, and much more.


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  reentry@educationjustice.net or 217.300.5150.



“Reaching Into Prisons with Purpose and Love” meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7pm to share stories and write letters to people behind bars and threatened by immigration policy changes. Our mottos is “reconnecting our community one letter at a time.” All are welcome to join us at our gatherings at CIMIC, the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center, at 106 S. Lincoln Street, Urbana.

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University of Illinois
1001 S. Wright St
Champaign, IL 61820