Spring-Summer 2021 newsletter is available now!

We hope you find the EJP-created resources below useful. Please feel free to share them. We appreciate your citing them, as appropriate.

Higher Education in Prison Map


Our HEP-Map includes every college-in-prison program in the United States. Please contact us at info@educationjustice.net with corrections or additions!

Resources @ EJP

Look here for recommended reading lists, fact sheets, position statements, and more. Older resources are available here. Our list of resources continues to grow, so keep checking back!

EJP Universe Letter

(June 2021)

Measuring Success in HEP Programming

(June 2021)

Documentaries about Prisons and Reentry

(May 2021)

EJP Inclusion Commitment

(May 2021)

Readings on
Race and Criminal Justice

(Dec 2020)

Reading List for Family and Friends of Incarcerated Loved Ones

(Sept 2020)

The Importance of In-Person Instruction in Prison Higher Education Programs

(Aug 2020)

Guidelines for Representing Students in Higher Education in Prison

(July 2020)

Readings on
the American Criminal Justice System

(Dec 2020)

EJP Instructional Videos

EJP received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help us meet the challenges of doing prison education during a pandemic. We’re using the funds to produce instructional videos that can be screened at Danville Correctional Center and other facilities, now and after we’re able to return to the prison.

The videos are intended to appeal to a wide range, from advanced EJP students to those currently in Adult Basic Education. Subject areas range from mathematics to literature, entrepreneurship to Spanish, biology to reentry, and many topics in between!

We are happy to make them available to other college-in-prison programs that are interested in using them in similar ways. These videos are not a substitute for in-person instruction, but meant to serve as a supplement. Our position is that in-person instruction is always preferred, where feasible.

Use this form to request videos for your program or write to videos@educationjustice.net for more information. We can ship them in DVD or Blu-ray format, or make them available to you for download.

If you’re interested in producing an instructional video for EJP, please visit our “Get Involved” page.

“Self Awareness, Identity, and Self-Worth” with Sal Corbin

“Personality and Communication Styles” with Sal Corbin

“Wings of Utopia: The Russian Revolution” with Mark Steinberg

“A Glimpse of Central America” with Ellen Moodie

“Black History of Illinois” with Brian Dolinar

“Criminal Justice Reform in 19th c Illinois” with Rebecca Ginsburg

EJP Scholarships

The scholarships described below are need-based and can be applied towards educational costs (e.g. tuition, books, fees) at accredited post-secondary institutions.

US Scholarships

Our US Scholarship program is held in the fall, with applications due on November 15 of each year. There are five categories:

  • One $1000 scholarship to a family member of an EJP student;
  • One $1000 scholarship to a family member of an IDOC or IDJJ staff person; 
  • One $1000 scholarship to a family member of an incarcerated individual;
  • Two $1000 scholarships to individuals who have been released from an IDOC adult facility
  • One $1000 scholarship to an individual who has been incarcerated in an IDJJ juvenile facility.

Mexico Scholarships – NEW!

Each spring, we will offer two scholarships to individuals in Mexico. Applications for these are due on March 15 each year:

  • One $10,000 MXN  scholarship to an individual who was formerly incarcerated in Mexico;
  • One $10,000 MXN scholarship to an individual who was incarcerated in the US and subsequently deported to Mexico, or to a member of their immediate family.

These scholarships provide support for study at any accredited postsecondary institution in the U.S. or Mexico. More information and complete scholarship applications are available below:

Re-Entry Guides

Click here for more information about EJP reentry guides and to order them.

BIPOC Meditation Guide

This 2021 resource is a directory of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color mindfulness teachers and resources across the United States.

RIPPLE Effect Handbook

This pamphlet provides instructions on how grassroots organizations can “reach inside prisons with purpose and love” by creating letter writing programs.

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