Identity in the Age of Mass Incarceration

2016 Students for Prison Education Reform Annual Conference

Fri, 04/15/2016 to Sun, 04/17/2016
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) is excited to announce that our third annual conference, Identity in the Age of Mass Incarceration, will be happening from Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17! Our annual conference is an exciting opportunity to attend panels, participate in workshops, and network with advocates and activists concerned with mass incarceration.

For more information including a full schedule and speaker bios, click this link. If you would like to attend, please register here.

SPEAR's past conferences have drawn some 200 participants from various universities and advocacy groups to Princeton's campus for a weekend of lectures, panels, and activist workshops. Previous speakers include Sister Helen Prejean, a prominent anti-death penalty activist, and Eugene Jarecki, director of The House I Live In

This year, our conference is focused around the theme of identity, and how certain identities become criminalized. Specifically, we’ll be examining how marginalized populations -- including racial minorities, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community -- are alternately persecuted by our penal system on the basis of those identities. We are collaborating with student groups on campus to bring a diverse array of speakers and panelists to campus, creating a space at Princeton for students and community members to share in our vision for a more humane criminal justice policy. 

Programming for the conference includes a keynote address from Shaun King, noted journalist and civil rights activist, as well as panels on…

…as well as lectures and workshops by other advocates, activists, and formerly incarcerated/detained individuals.

If you have any questions about the conference or SPEAR in general, feel free to email SPEAR’s co-presidents, Abby ( and Julie (