Education Justice Project

The mission of the Education Justice Project is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their families, the communities from which they come, the host institution, and society as a whole.

students sitting at desksA number of SLCL faculty regulary participate in the Education Justice Project, which is a campus-wide initiative administered by the College of Education.

We are committed to building an open, inclusive learning environment and to transparent, collaborative governance. We believe that self-reflection is an important part of creating and sustaining a healthy program climate.

EJP is a vibrant academic community of students, educators, and others who are committed to expanding higher education within American prisons as a matter of justice. Our mission is to demonstrate the positive impacts of college-in-prison programs. In pursuit of that mission, EJP organizes educational programming at Danville Correctional Center through the University of Illinois. In addition, EJP members also produce critical scholarship about prison education, as well as creative works.

Offsite, EJP conducts outreach to family members of EJP students and to released EJP students, our alumni. Increasingly, EJP alumni are involved in leading such initiatives. We also conduct regular events on the University of Illinois campus to which we invite members of the larger Urbana-Champaign community. We seek to increase critical awareness of issues related to incarceration and criminal justice in Illinois and beyond.

We are committed to building an open, safe, gentle, inclusive learning environment with EJP. We believe that a rigorous and critical education program requires the cultivation of such an environment and that self-reflection is an important part of creating and sustaining such an environment.

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