Education Justice Project

Education Justice Project (EJP) was formed in the fall of 2006 by a group of UIUC faculty and graduate students joined by committed local partners. Our aim is to reintroduce higher education to the prison closest to our campus, Danville Correctional Center. Despite our state’s former role as a national leader in correctional education, incarcerated Illinois residents currently have no access to on-site upper-division college courses, the withdrawal of Pell Grant support for prisoners in 1994 having caused the collapse of such programs nation-wide. Research identifies multiple social benefits that group from providing higher education to inmates, including reduced violence within prisons and reduced arrest, conviction, and reincarceration rates among released prisoners. Higher education in prisons is a profound social good.

For more information on this project, please contact Rebecca Ginsburg at











Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society
1108 W Stoughton, Urbana, IL 61801
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