Welcome to EJP

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


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. The next round of applications are Friday September 30, 2016. 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.


Donate to EJP

We welcome your support. Visit our donations page for more information about how to contribute to our work at Danville Correctional Center, in Chicago, and in Champaign-Urbana.


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 deadline is November 1, 2016. Please contact info@educationjustice.net for more information.

Family Members of EJP students

Family Members of DCC general population

Returning Citizens (IL only)


EJP Reentry Guide

Click here to download a copy of EJP’s 2015-16 Illinois Reentry Guide! If you would like us to mail you a free copy of the guide, please contact us. We distribute the guide at no cost to make sure it’s available to everyone who needs a copy. However, it costs us about $7 to produce and mail each guide. If you can afford to make a contribution, please give.  Also consider giving so that we can distribute  guides to all who request copies.

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. The 2016-17 edition of the guide will be released at the EJP Expo on Saturday October 22 at Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place, Chicago 60638 from noon – 3pm. The program will begin promptly at 12:30.


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 Bethel AME Church, 401 E. Park Street, Champaign from 5:30 – 7. Children’s activities and light supper provided. All are welcome. No need to RSVP. We wish to be there for you.

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Champaign, IL 61820