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EJP 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 are happy to provide free copies to individuals and organizations, and to mail them to people in prison or jail. For instructions on how to order reentry guides or download PDFs, please see below.

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

Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry in Illinois

Our Illinois reentry guide includes more than 200 pages of information on preparing for reentry while incarcerated, steps to take following release, and directories of resources across the state. Topics covered include Prepare Yourself Mentally; Prepare for Parole; Finances, Credit, and Taxes; Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and more. Much of the information in the guide applies to individuals facing release outside of Illinois as well. To order hard copies, please contact reentry@educationjustice.net or use our online form, or download the guide by clicking on this button:

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. To obtain a free hard copy, or to request several copies for your agency to distribute, please contact returninghome@educationjustice.net or order online at

Release During COVID-19: What You Need to Know

We are no longer distributing hard copies of this 2020 guide, but PDFs are available below.

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
1001 S. Wright St
Champaign, IL 61820


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 also view and download the directory portion of Mapping Your Future (the Illinois guide) at our interactive reentry website: reentryillinois.net

Can I order more than one copy of a guide?

Yes. If you are interested in guide orders more than 20, 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. Please use the contact information above to provide feedback and corrections.

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.