The Education Justice Project

The Education Justice Project (EJP) offers education programs to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, a state prison about 35 miles east of the Urbana-Champaign campus. EJP has served Danville students since 2008.

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 family members, the neighborhoods from which they come, the host institution, and society as a whole. EJP is supported in its work by the Humanities Research Institute via financial assistance and through collaborative programming that is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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EJP program
EJP Graduates

The core of EJP’s program is upper-division U of I courses, which are taught at the prison by university faculty and advanced graduate students, currently numbering about seventy. EJP also offers a range of extracurricular activities, including a Theatre Initiative; writing, computer, science, and math workshops; guest lecture series; reading groups; and tutoring. With the assistance of faculty and graduate students in the College of Education, EJP continues to engage in a multi-stage evaluation, with the aim of producing data that will support prison higher-education programs efforts nationwide.

More information about the Education Justice Project can be found at the EJP Website.