About Our Reentry Directory
This website’s directory was originally built in collaboration with members of Chi Hack Night, with guidance on the content from formerly-incarcerated people. Special thanks to Patrick Sier for developing the latest version! The directory is an online, searchable version of the directory in our reentry guide, Mapping Your Future. It includes more resources than our reentry guide version.
About Our Reentry Guides
Mapping Your Future and A New Path are produced annually by members of EJP’s Reentry Guide Initiative. Our guides are a natural outgrowth of the work we do at the prison and our concern for the well-being of our students and others like them who must try to make it on the outside upon release. Mapping Your Future, our Illinois reentry guide, was conceived by EJP alumni in 2014. Their idea was to create a free, supportive resource for people getting out of prison. It would bridge gaps within the reentry process not filled by existing systems.
A New Path, our deportation guide, was conceived by RGI Director, Lee Ragsdale, whose husband, an EJP alum, was deported to Mexico after being released. We developed this resource to help people who are facing the trauma of deportation.