Students for Prison Education, Abolition, and Reform (SPEAR) is a student organization that educates, advocates, and agitates against the carceral state.


Students for Prison Education, Abolition, and Reform (SPEAR), Princeton IX Now, Change WWS Now, and the Princeton Latin American Student Association continue to call for the university to end its complicity in the Prison-Industrial Complex.

Join their campaign now by signing the petition linked here.

The petition calls on the Princeton Investment Company and other university organs responsible for investment decision making to permanently and completely divest from the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC), citing the university’s ties with Aramark as evidence that Princeton continues to financially profit from its association with private prisons and other companies embedded within this industry. The letter furthermore demands greater transparency regarding the University’s investment portfolio and re-appropriation of funds toward communities disproportionately harmed by the Prison Industrial Complex.

Disclose and Divest: Demands greater levels of transparency across the University’s investment activities; demands formal, permanent commitments to pursue divestment from the University and formal, public mechanisms governed by independent bodies for achieving the divestments pledged in an effective manner.

Rebuild and Repair: Demands that the university reapportion divested funds toward various different efforts and initiatives aimed toward repairing the harm experienced by communities disproportionately affected by mass incarceration.

Princeton University is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of Lenapehoking and the Lenape people. We pay respect to Lenape peoples past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora.