Higher Education in Prison Task Force Data Findings

Recently, our Higher Education in Prison (HEP) Task Force collected and analyzed Illinois-driven data gathered by the Data Working Group at EJP. This data helped EJP’s HEP task force with two of its objectives including:   To obtain and analyze data on existing Illinois HEP programs. To identify data points that should be collected for more…

Living Proof: Johnny Page and Violence Prevention

In recent weeks, EJP highlighted an article from the Chicago Sun, written by EJP alum Johnny Page-then co-director of programs and partnerships for ConTextos. His op-ed (https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/5/18/23095977/violence-interrupters-chicago-shootings-seandell-holliday-bean-millenium-park-contextos-op-ed) commented on the need for more proactivity within the violence prevention landscape of Chicago. Johnny also made a call for the removal of barriers for those with lived…

Mexican Scholarship Recipient: Jose Ornelas Vallejo, Aspiring Teacher

When he sets his mind to something, Jose Ornelas Vallejo will get the job done. Driven, motivated, and with a can-do attitude, Jose was an ideal recipient for one of the EJP scholarships offered this spring. Formerly incarcerated individuals residing in Mexico with a strong desire to study at a secondary or post-secondary education are…