EJP publishes two reentry guides, Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry in Illinois and Returning Home: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or use our online form, or download the guide by clicking on this button:
This guide is for individuals who face deportation to Mexico or Central America following their sentence. It is also useful to those undergoing deportation who have not had criminal justice involvement. To obtain a free hard copy, or to request several copies for your agency to distribute, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are no longer distributing hard copies of this 2020 guide, but PDFs are available below.
How can I receive a hard copy of a reentry guide?
You can request guides via mail, phone, email, or online form. We will mail one to you free of cost. Contact us at:
Reentry Guide Initiative
1001 S. Wright St
Champaign, IL 61820
How much does it cost?
We are happy to supply 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 individuals.
Are guides available online?
Yes. You can download PDFs via the buttons above. 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. 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 email@example.com. We also have a feedback section on our interactive reentry website: reentryillinois.net/add/
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.
We also greatly appreciate your feedback. We welcome your suggestions.