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. Our list of resources continues to grow, so keep checking back!

EJP Zoom Best Practices

(November 2021)

EJP Accessible Meetings

(November 2021)

Prison Abolition

(October 2021)

EJP Campus Scan

(August 2021)

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 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.

Use this form to request videos for your program or write to videos@educationjustice.net for more information.

*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)

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 host two scholarships competitions for individuals in Mexico. Applications are due on March 15th each year.

Two $10,000 MXN scholarships will be awarded to a person formerly incarcerated in a prison in Mexico or in the U.S. and two scholarships of the same amount will be awarded to a person deported from the US to Mexico or to the immediate family member of someone who was deported from the U.S. to Mexico.

These need-based scholarships provide support for study at secondary or post-secondary institutions in the U.S. or Mexico.

Re-Entry Guides

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

Re-Entry Videos

 EJP creates short videos to assist those going through reentry. Please click on the links below to access or download them.

HEP Directory

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.