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SPEAR Projects


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SPEAR Projects


In addition to full group meetings, SPEAR has active projects that meet weekly to accomplish different aspects of SPEAR's mission. Our four current projects are: Events, Ban the Box, NJ Voting Rights, and Prison Oversight. Read more about how to get involved with the committees below. 

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Events


Events


The Events committee plans criminal justice focused events throughout the year for students, faculty, and the greater Princeton area. SPEAR’s events raise awareness about prison conditions, advocate for criminal justice reform, and often offer a perspective from people who have been on the inside of prisons. 

Those interested in joining this project should contact Addie (mlgilson@princeton.edu) for more information on project meeting times.

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The Admissions Opportunity Campaign uses a combination of student engagement and administrative pressure to advocate for banning the box on the Princeton undergraduate application asking about conviction history. By the end of this year, the University must decide whether or not to include some version of the question on the Princeton application supplement. Because conviction history is based on a deeply unjust and discriminatory system, this question is not an unbiased indicator of culpability or character: instead, enables discrimination and undermines qualified students’ efforts to compete equally. 

aDDITIONALLY, This project involves working with the Prison Teaching Initiative and actors within the administration to expand the Formerly Incarcerated Students Accessibility Program (FISAP). Originally a single workshop for currently incarcerated students, this will be a series of workshops on researching schools and applying to college. Rutgers Joint Employment Program (RJEP): This committee is active in the effort to connect the Rutgers Mountainview Program, which is for previously incarcerated students, with Princeton resources. These workshops will teach skills, such as entrepreneurship, that will help students gain employment after graduation. 


Those interested in joining this project should contact Michaela (msdaniel@princeton.edu) or Amanda (amandae@princeton.edu) for more information on project meeting times.

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prison oversight


prison oversight


 

Our prison conditions committee focuses on projects related to abuses and exploitation within prison, including human rights abuses such as solitary confinement, prison oversight and grievance reporting, and third party contracting. Current projects include 7x9, Project solidarity, and the project solidarity journal.

Those interested in joining the Prison Conditions Committee should contact Naomi (nshifrin@princeton.edu) for more information on committee meeting times.

 

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VOTING rights


VOTING rights


Our voting rights COMMITTEE focuses on projects related to the experiences of formerly and currently incarcerated individuals in regards to voting and thei INFRASTRUCTURE surrounding DISENFRANCHISEMENT in the United States.

Those interested in joining the Voting Rights project should contact Masha (mmiura@princeton.edu) and Leila (ullmann@princeton.edu) for more information on committee meeting times.