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

Four Takeaways from Bryan Stevenson's Talk at Harvard

He spoke about justice and mass incarceration.

'Hidden Faces of Courage' Offers a Dose of Reality

The play is a moving portrayal of the struggles incarcerated women face.

Dying While Black and Brown

How a dance performance at Harvard Law School tackled issues of racial injustice.

What Happens at a Juvenile Lifer Hearing?


A primer, told through the lens of one juvenile lifer who was granted parole.

Will Gregory Diatchenko Get a Second Chance?

Convicted to life as a juvenile, he's the latest to go before the Parole Board.

Scenes from the 'Jobs Not Jails' Rally

Hundreds took to the Common to end mass incarceration.

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.