Jean Trounstine

Jean Trounstine is an author/editor of five published books, a professor at Middlesex Community College, and a prison activist. She worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for 10 years, where she directed eight plays and published Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison about that work. She takes apart the criminal justice system brick by brick at jeantrounstine.com where she blogs bi-weekly at “Justice with Jean.”

Jean Trounstine'S latest stories

Hear the Candidates Tackle Some Thorny Issues

A criminal justice forum promises to get the governor wannabes talking.

Why We Need a Law to Protect Pregnant Prisoners

Shackling during delivery is just the tip of the iceberg.

Bail Jails Are a Bad Idea

Other states—but no, not Massachusetts—are doing away with this antiquated system.

Criminal Justice Reform's New Champion

Juliette Kayyem may not be rocking the polls, but she at least has some ideas for solving our state's prison problem.

Once Again, Massachusetts Grapples With Backwards Juvenile Laws

Why trying 14-year-old Philip Chism as an adult is a bad idea.

Are Prisons the New Asylums?

A bombshell WSJ report found that prisons are warehousing the mentally ill—here's how Massachusetts stacks up.

A Theater Company with a Mission

Actors impacted by the criminal justice system turn their stories into stage-worthy drama.

Inside Danbury Federal Prison

It's not Orange Is The New Black, but a local woman wrote about her own experience inside the same prison.

Scenes from the March on Washington

A bunch of New Englanders attended the historic March.

Non-Profit Lands Major Grants for Prisoners

How hard work by Span founder Lyn Levy has paid off tenfold.