Higher Education After Incarceration

According to a report by the Prison Policy Initiative, only 4% of ex-offenders have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, and they experience an unemployment rate of 27%. Studies show that having stable employment and a higher-education degree can reduce recidivism.

We created a guide for people with prior convictions to learn about going to college. We provide information about various grants and scholarships, advocacy programs and resources for ex-offenders, and other vital information to help them earn a degree.


Reentering Your Community - A Handbook

Guide created by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)


Illinois Reentry Guide

A website for people returning home from prison.


 Mapping Your Future

Education Justice Project . A PDF guide to successful reentry in Illinois. 


Reentry Resources for Returning Citizens

Restore Justice Foundation Website.



Aunt Bertha

Job training and placement, financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help.