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SPEAR Committees


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SPEAR Committees


In addition to full group meetings, SPEAR has four active committees that meet independently to accomplish different aspects of SPEAR's mission. The four committees are: Education, Sentencing, Prison Conditions, and Post-Incarceration. SPEAR also has a graduate student liaison who coordinates efforts with our allies in Princeton's graduate programs. Read more about how to get involved with the committees below. 

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Education


Education


Our Education committee is committed to dismantling systems of injustice and inequality through education equity. From campus initiatives to community outreach, we focus on civic engagement through knowledge. This year we are launching a know your rights campaign for high school students in the Trenton and Princeton area.

Those interested in joining the Education Committee should contact Angelika at anmorris@princeton.edu for more information on committee meeting times.

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Sentencing


Sentencing


OUR SENTENCING COMMITTEE FOCUSES ON PROJECTS RELATED TO SENTENCING ADVOCACY. THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: MANDATORY MINIMUMS, PLEA BARGAINING, THE DEATH PENALTY, LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, JUVENILE SENTENCING, BAIL REFORM, AND DRUG COURTS. current PROJECTs INCLUDE ADVOCACY FOR EQUITABLE MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN NEW JERSEY AND ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM TO ASSIST INCARCERATED people APPLYING FOR PAROLE.

Those interested in joining the Sentencing Committee should contact Addie at mlgilson@princeton.edu for more information on committee meeting times. 

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Prison Conditions


Prison Conditions


 

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 Katharine and Maya at kfm2@princeton.edu and mpbs@princeton.edu for more information on committee meeting times.

 

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Post-Incarceration


Post-Incarceration


Our post-incarceration committee focuses on projects related to the experiences of formerly incarcerated individuals, including collateral consequences of incarceration and discrimination based on conviction history. This includes but is not limited to: voter disenfranchisement, higher education post-incarceration, job and wage discrimination, and public benefits discrimination. 

Those interested in joining the Post-Incarceration Committee should contact Amanda and Sam at amandae@princeton.edu and ses8@princeton.edu for more information on committee meeting times.