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EJP’s Reentry Guide Initiative publishes two reentry guides, Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry in Illinois and A New Path: A Guide to the Challenges and Opportunities After Deportation.

We also manage an Illinois reentry resource website, reentryillinois.net, with a searchable directory of reentry services across the state. We produce reentry videos and other resources.

We are happy to provide copies to individuals and organizations, and to mail them to people in prison or jail. For instructions on how to order reentry guides, please see the FAQ below.

Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry in Illinois

Our 2022 Illinois reentry guide has a wealth of information on preparing for reentry while incarcerated, steps to take following release, and directories of resources. Topics include housing, employment, healthcare, finances, substance use, building healthy relationships and more. Download our guide here.

Mapping Your Future: National Edition

Are you returning home to a different state? We’ve taken our Illinois reentry guide and made it a national resource! You’ll find helpful advice about housing, employment, healthcare, substance use and more, with resources for formerly incarcerated individuals throughout the US. Currently, this resource is only available online.

A New Path: A Guide to the Challenges & Opportunities after Deportation

This guide is for individuals who face deportation to Mexico or Central America after incarceration or detention. It is also useful for anyone who lives with the threat of deportation. Download it here.

Illinois Reentry Resources Website

The Reentry Guide Initiative’s Illinois Reentry Resources Website is a searchable directory of services for people returning home from prison. It also includes other reentry resources, including videos, our guides, and stories of EJP alumni.

Reentry Video Series

Reentry Guide FAQ

How can I receive a hard copy of a reentry guide?

You can request guides via mail, phone, email, or online form. We mail guides to incarcerated people and their families free of cost. Contact us at:

Reentry Guide Initiative
EJP
1001 S. Wright St
Champaign, IL 61820

217-300-5150
reentry@educationjustice.net

Online form


How much does it cost?

Each guide costs roughly $11 to print and ship. We are able to supply a limited number of guides for free. However, if your organization is able to contribute towards our printing and mailing costs, please let us know. Invoicing you will allow us to reach even more incarcerated individuals.


Are guides available online?

Yes. You can download PDFs via the buttons above. Feel free to print copies as well. You can access all our guides as well as a searchable reentry directory at reentryillinois.net


Can I order more than one copy of a guide?

Yes. If you are interested in a large number of guides, we will likely ask about your plans for using them and ask for your help with the cost. We are always looking to learn more about what organizations are doing around reentry in our state, and we want to know how our guides can best support your efforts.


There’s an error in the guide! How can I provide feedback?

We want the guide to be as helpful as possible. If you have suggestions for us, we would love to hear them. You can send feedback to our office address or email us at reentry@educationjustice.net.

I would like to tell you about a new resource. How can I do that?

Please email us at reentry@educationjustice.net.


Do you update the guides regularly?

Yes. We release updated versions each year.


How can I support the Reentry Guide Initiative?

Thank you for asking! Donate to help us continue to offer free guides to individuals and groups throughout the state. While free to users, it costs us around $11 to print and mail each guide. The Education Justice Project relies on grants and donations to provide the guides free of charge. If you or your organization is requesting guides, please allow us to invoice you for any amount. You can indicate that through the order form.

We also greatly appreciate your feedback. We welcome your suggestions.


How can I join the Reentry Guide Initiative?

We welcome applications year-round from individuals interested in working with our Reentry Guide Initiative (RGI) on a volunteer basis. RGI also has an advisory council of formerly incarcerated individuals who receive modest stipends. You can learn more about the application process here, or contact RGI directly at: reentry@educationjustice.net