SPENTEM is an organization focused on the emancipation of black and brown men from the prison industrial complex. Our membership is made up of people from all walks of life. 

We have no political affiliation nor any partnerships that would compromise our mission. We are a completely self-contained people's movement.

From Harvard professors and delivery drivers to single mothers and college students; the varying identities of our members affirm that mass incarceration has affected every black and brown household directly or indirectly.

Who we are

Who we serve

1. Families of incarcerated men and women who are in need of a platform to speak out and advocate for policy change and criminal justice reform

2. Incarcerated men and women to ensure their humane treatment and that they are afforded the reasonable necessitites to live with dignity while paying their debt to society

3. Ex-offenders who are returning citizens in need of employment, education, counseling and acceptance 

Our values

  • We believe in peaceful civic engagement

  • We don't ask for pledges or donations because organizations shouldn't take members' hard-earned money in addition to the fact that large donors often monopolize organizations

  • We don't disparage any individual or group who represent opposition to our positions

  • We believe that God is central in the work of social justice but we do not promote one type of faith-practice 

  • We believe that life without parole should and will be abolished through a collective struggle because after serving 25 years in prison, the men who've evolved, expressed remorse and exhibited redemptive traits are not the same immature boys who committed heinous crimes 

  • We believe organized people can be enough of a catalyst for criminal justice reform

What we want

  • We want to abolish life without parole

  • We want Returning Citizens to be given equal opportunities for education, housing and employment without CORI

  • We want to correct Corrections by advocating for the humane treatment of incarcerated men and women

  • We want the parole board to be at least partially  representative of the demographic from which inmates derive

How we advocate

  • We share fact-based research about mass incarceration

  • We mobilize families of those incarcerated to share their stories

  • We draft petitions, question policy-makers, participate in town halls, vote local and teach the history of incarceration in America