The Illinois Higher Education in Prison Task Force Meets for the Last Time

Illinois is poised to become a national exemplar in the field of higher education in prison (HEP). The Illinois Higher Education in Prison Task Force met for the last time on July 28, 2022 to adopt 31 recommendations. They include steps toward implementing a legislative action plan to expand and support high-quality HEP opportunities throughout…

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The Reentry Guide Initiative (RGI) is gearing up to distribute hard copies of the 2022 edition of Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry in Illinois.  This guide, which EJP has updated annually since 2015, provides more than 200 pages of information on preparing for reentry while incarcerated and steps to take following release….

EJP Scholarships

“EJP’s mission does not end once a person leaves prison,” states Nia Hill, EJP’s scholarship and travel grant coordinator. EJP’s scholarships provide pathways for EJP students and others impacted by incarceration to continue pursuing their educational goals. EJP has been offering academic scholarships since 2011. Scholarship funds can be applied to any post-secondary academic purpose,…

Conditions at Danville Correctional Center

After COVID-19 forced a second suspension of our programming at Danville Correctional Center in January 2022, we’re grateful that EJP classes were able to resume in March. However, we’re still trying to recover from the setbacks we encountered during the shut-down.  The suspension has led us to extend our courses into the summer, to make…

Mexico Scholarship Recipient: Cesar Fierro

Cesar Fierro, Aspiring Baker Each spring, as a part of our scholarship programs, EJP hosts two scholarship competitions for individuals in Mexico. The scholarships provide support for people with previous connections to incarceration to study at secondary or post-secondary institutions in Mexico. César Fierro, one of the recipients of this year’s scholarships, says he wants…

Impact Week with Joseph “JoJo” Mapp: “Living life as if I’m one day out.”

Last week, in lieu of our annual gala, EJP hosted a virtual Impact Week highlighting EJP alumni and community members. On Tuesday, EJP was joined by EJP alumni Joseph “Joe Joe” Mapp. Joseph is the Communities Partnering 4 Peace  program manager and director of reentry at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago. He recently…

IL Senate Has Until April 8 To Appoint New Nominees To Prisoner Review Board

Over the past two weeks the IL senate has done something unprecedented. It failed to confirm appointees to the Prisoner Review Board, three individuals with solid qualifications, some even unanimously approved by a subcommittee.  As a result, the Prisoner Review Board has only six members and is unable to complete some of its vital tasks…

First Meeting of the Higher Ed in Prison Task Force

The Illinois Higher Education In Prison Task Force held an initial meeting in February to begin working toward its goal of reporting on ways to improve higher education in Illinois prisons. At the meeting, the members set bylaws, guidelines and plans for the task force, and made space to build community within the collective.  The…

Friends of EJP

Friends of the Education Justice Project (FEJP) ​​is a 501(c)3 non-profit that exists solely to raise funds for EJP. Its members fund academic scholarships for formerly incarcerated people and their family members, provide small grants to EJP alumni to help with unanticipated financial needs such as medical expenses, groceries, and bills, and support other needs. …

HJR27: Higher Ed-Prison Task Force Passes

We are excited to announce that HJR27, which calls for the creation of a Higher Education in Prison Task Force, was adopted by the Illinois General Assembly  in October. Multiple organizations, educators, and incarcerated individuals  were involved in supporting the resolution’s passage, which was co-sponsored by Carol Ammons in the House and Kimberly Lightford in…

Behind The Scenes With The EJP Reentry Guide Initiative

The Education Justice Project started the Reentry Guide Initiative to try to answer some of the questions that formerly incarcerated individuals might have when reentering the world after finishing their sentence.  Currently, EJP produces two reentry guides; Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry in Illinois and A New Path: A Guide to the…