Deportation

EJP publishes two reentry guides every year: Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry in Illinois and A New Path: A Guide to the Challenges and Opportunities After Deportation. Of the two, A New Path is created for those who face deportation to Mexico or Central America following their sentence.  Lee Ragsdale, the reentry…

International Students & EJP

Over the years, the Education Justice Project has grown and attracted many international scholars from around the world. Their diversity in backgrounds and perspectives have become valuable assets to furthering EJP’s missions.  Below, three members of EJP from different countries recount how they learned about the program and what they have noticed through their involvement…

The Beginnings of EJP

When EJP was first in the makings, the group was treading quietly on campus, forgoing publicity through flyers and other means. Advised by both the University and Danville Correctional Center to keep it low-key in case of pushback from members of the public, and against the backdrop of a general pro–incarceration mood in the country,…

The Reentry Guide Initiative Team Delivers the Largest Order in EJP History

The Reentry Guide Initiative team recently printed 7,000 copies of the 2021 version of Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry — the largest order up to date. Of the total copies, 4,000 were delivered to the Illinois Department of Corrections and they will be distributed to prisons throughout Illinois. “We hope to get…

Return of The Amplifier

The prison population is one of the groups most vulnerable to COVID, and the pandemic hasmade incarcerated individuals more isolated than ever. That is one reason why the return of in-person EJP programming is so important. EJP members are excited to return to DanvilleCorrectional Center and resume teaching after having not been at the prison…

Laura Kalmes

I’m Laura Kalmes. Fall of 2021 will be my first semester teaching a for-credit course with EJP. My work is focused on educational justice, and this is an extraordinary opportunity for me to engage with such a dynamic and dedicated group of activists and professionals. I completed a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in…

Chelsea Catt

EJP’s Writing Workshop Coordinator, Chelsea Catt, earned her PhD from the University of Illinois. She studied language and literacy with a specialization in writing studies. Her professional areas of interest include prison education, narrative inquiry, and expressive writing. 

Favour Samuel

My name is Favour Samuel. In the fall of ‘21, I will be going into the senior year of my undergraduate career at the University of Illinois. I’m majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Diversity Science, and I’m on the pre-law track. Currently, my involvement with EJP is in an intern capacity, I work…

Inside the 2021 Reentry Guides

The Reentry Guide Initiative is one of EJP’s largest endeavors. The hundreds of pages for the two guides – Mapping Your Future and Returning Home – require research, interviews, writing and proofreading for each new edition.  This year, the RGI team had an even greater challenge: creating guides that included relevant information during a pandemic,…