By Estefania Florez / The Daily Illini

The Education Justice Project is hosting a symposium on higher education programs in prison until Sunday.

“Our mission is to build a model college in prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated students, the family, the neighbors to which they return, the host institution – the University of Illinois – and society,” said Rebecca Ginsburg, director of the project.

The symposium began with guest speaker Susan Burton at Salem Baptist Church Thursday night. Burton is the founder of A New Way of Life re-entry program, which focuses on helping women who have recently left prison find homes and a pathway into society.

During the lecture, Burton spoke about her involvement with the EJP and how it began with her own struggle with justice since she lost her five-year-old son to a Los Angeles Police Department officer. She went through depression and began a battle with alcohol and drugs that led her to do jail time.

“I was sent to prison a total of six times, all for the possession of alcohol and drugs,” Burton said.

After getting out of jail for the last time, Burton discovered a place that helped her beat the cycle and “birthed a new way of life.”

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About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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