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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Zoom Best Practices
EJP Accessible Meetings
EJP Campus Scan
EJP Universe Letter
Measuring Success in HEP Programming
Documentaries about Prisons and Reentry
EJP Inclusion Commitment
Race and Criminal Justice
Reading List for Family and Friends of Incarcerated Loved Ones
The Importance of In-Person Instruction in Prison Higher Education Programs
Guidelines for Representing Students in Higher Education in Prison
the American Criminal Justice System
EJP Instructional Videos
EJP Instructional videos were created by eleven instructors who put together 35 videos covering a wide range of topics from self-portraiture to long divisions. This portfolio of original, free-of-cost instructional videos can be screened remotely and asynchronously, offering flexibility and accessibility for educational programs.
We are happy to make these videos available to other justice-related programs that are interested in using them in similar ways. We can mail packages of physical DVDs or provide links for streaming and download. These videos are not meant to be substitutes for in-person instruction but can serve as a helpful resource amid COVID-19.
*This project was made possible with a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. *
“Wings of Utopia: The Russian Revolution” with Mark Steinberg
Professor Mark Steinberg provides an in-depth analysis of the Russian Revolution in the early 20th century that is an engaging crash course with plenty of nuances. (49:30)
“What’s a Self Portrait” with Sandy Trimble
Dive into the process and history of self-portraiture with artist Sandy Trimble. Learn about significant work from centuries ago and apply new techniques to get started on your own masterpiece! (70:48, in two parts)
“Exploring Mathematics” with Tammy Bond
Math teacher Tammy Bond provides an engaging and intuitive series of introductory math concepts. Bring your notebook and follow along! (2:05:37, in three parts)
The scholarships described below are need-based and can be applied towards educational costs (e.g. tuition, books, fees) at accredited post-secondary institutions.
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:
This 2021 resource is a directory of higher education programs in Illinois Correctional Centers.
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.