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

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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 incarcerated in IDOC (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

Join us at Ripple 2nd Anniversary on Thursday June 22 at the Independent Media Center in Urbana, from 5:30 – 8pm! Since 2015 Ripple (Reaching Inside Prisons with Purpose and Love) has been sending cards and letters to individuals behind bars. Our motto is “reconnecting our community one letter at a time,” and we prioritize writing to those from Champaign County. In that spirit, we have started writing cards to those impacted by immigration policies.

At our anniversary celebration, we will hear from some individuals who have received our cards. Come hear what it has meant to them to hear from us–and how you can support this effort to reach out with purpose and love.

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Champaign, IL 61820