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Though most of our instructors are still instructing next week...

...we salute Spring Break! Hope you have some time to take a breather and read the newest issue of PTI Matters. (If you didn't get a chance to take our survey last week, it's still hanging around here - we'd love to know what you think of the newsletter and how we can make it more useful for you.)

4TH ANNUAL SPEAR CONFERENCE - Toward Abolition: Dismantling the Carceral State
Friday, April 14 - Saturday, April 15 @ Princeton

Opening plenary by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Industrializing Punishment: Charting the Current Crisis in Racial Capitalism; Closing plenary by Alec Karakatsanis, Civil Rights Corps
From the SPEAR Conference site: This spring, our conference aims to explore prison abolition, decarceration, and alternatives to incarceration such as restorative justice. In particular, we want to examine in close detail the array of ways in which prison abolition is imagined and how the notion of abolition interacts with and is driven by particular identities. We will be collaborating with various student groups at Princeton to bring a diverse array of speakers and panelists to campus, creating a space at Princeton for conference participants to create and share in a vision of decarceration and decriminalization.

Thursday, May 11 - Rutgers University, Newark
From the website: "Telling Untold Histories" is New Jersey's annual un-conference that looks for human stories yet to be told, explores these histories, and asks why some stories remain untold. How can the community members who lived these histories shape how museums, historic sites, libraries, and schools tell them in the future? You can check out last year's un-conference proceedings on the website, too!

Check out our new and improved Instructor Handbook! The Tutor Handbook is forthcoming.

There will be no instructor office hours during the week of Spring Break, but
Tara is in the PTI office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 6pm, and you are always welcome to contact members of our Leadership Team.

If you are a graduate student or post-doc who incurred the following PTI-related transportation expenses in February, please submit the appropriate documentation through Concur by March 31 (deadline has been extended from the original March 15):
  • Public transportation
  • Uber, Lyft, or other taxi service
We cannot reimburse mileage costs for instructors using their own vehicles. If you're new to the system, check out these tips for establishing a Concur profile and submitting your reimbursement request. Feel free to email or call Tara if you need help!

Now is also a good time to remind you to create an Enterprise Car-Share account if you haven't already. This service is a cost-effective and handy way of getting to and fro if you have a US driver's license. It takes about two weeks to process, though, so keep that in mind as you plan the second half of the term!

We know some of you have been experiencing frustrating issues with students being called down to your class in a timely manner. DOC has promised to investigate these complaints moving forward, but their investigation is contingent on a few things:
  • When you have a significant logistical issue (for example, most of your students were 20 minutes late to class or a custody staffer asked you to end class 15 minutes early), please let Tara know within 24 hours of the problem by emailing her at You should also let your team/pod leader or divisional leader know about the issue, but please do not notify NJSTEP - they will just tell you to go through the proper DOC channels (detailed here).
  • You will be asked to fill out a brief incident report (recently created by the DOC), providing detailed and objective information. That means detailing the names of students who were late and not including any conjecture about where you think the problem originated.
  • We don't want to inundate the DOC with these reports, so please use your judgment in determining whether or not a problem is "worth" reporting. Of course, we think every problem is worth reporting, but we know we won't get very far if we report every time a student is five minutes late to class. Some inconveniences just go with the territory :)
Hopefully this will help prevent further issues!

I hope PTI Matters will continue to grow and be ever more useful to our teachers and friends. Please feel free to email your news blurbs and other suggestions to so we can highlight them here!

More Resources

RESOURCE: Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education Knowledge Bank, from The Vera Institute's College in Prison project

CAMPAIGN: The Institute for Higher Education Policy has launched the #CollegeNotPrison Awareness Campaign.

Happy St. Patty's (or is it Paddy's) Day!

Thanks to all the Irish folks out there for lending us your holiday! We're happy to be Irish with you today :)

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