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Donate to Help Mitigate COVID-19 in Illinois Prisons & CCDOC

The Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) is collecting donations to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois prisons and jails, including Stateville Correctional Center, Logan Correctional Center, and Cook County Jail, where we run our liberal arts educational programs. Additionally, we have also donated mitigation supplies to the Juvenile Detention Center in St. Charles. Through the Northwestern community’s incredible generosity, we have raised over $31,000, which allowed us to purchase 

  • 12,400 bars of soap
  • 4,800 surgical face masks
  • 10,000 nitrile gloves
  • 1,000 isolation gowns 
  • 550+ gallons of hand sanitizer
  • 1,000 individual hand sanitizers

As many of you know, COVID-19 is having devastating effects inside prisons and jails in Illinois. The Cook County Jail is now home to the single largest COVID-19 cluster in the country with over 500 confirmed cases among people who are incarcerated and staff members, and Stateville Correctional Center reports almost 200 confirmed cases. At least 6 incarcerated individuals in Stateville, and at least 3 in Cook County Jail, have died and dozens are in intensive care. 

As the virus continues spreading on the inside and infection rates keep growing, we are hoping to do more.

If you would like to join these efforts, there are three ways you can help:

  1. Monetary donations can be sent via Venmo to:@NPEP-Donations (Please include your email address in the comments)
  2. Monetary donations can be made through: Our Northwestern University We Will campaign.
  3. Physical items can be dropped off to the porch of the NPEP office (405 Church Street, Evanston IL 60201): Please notify Anne d’Aquino when you are dropping off items (, or by texting/calling 224-420-7096). If drop off is not an option, please reach out to Anne and we can coordinate a pick-up.


Due to the current state of COVID-19, NPEP programming is currently remote via correspondence. 

  • Until further notice, all in-person NPEP courses, study halls, and events are canceledall NPEP courses will be taught via correspondence.
  • The NPEP training sessions for new tutors, originally scheduled for 04/01 and 04/03, are postponed. New dates will be announced as soon as possible.




Incarcerated students in NPEP are not charged for tuition or any course-related expenses. Your donation today will help NPEP expand its transformative educational programming to meet the needs of the underserved prison population in Illinois.

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If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please email us at

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