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 where she blogs bi-weekly at “Justice with Jean.”

Jean Trounstine'S latest stories

Why Mass. Needs to Clear Kids’ Records

Some young people deserve—and need—a clean slate.

Pondville Correctional Center: A Prison for Parolees?

Is this so-called 'groundbreaking collaboration' really a good idea?

Roxbury’s Andrea James Wins Coveted Justice Fellowship

She's one of 15 honored nationwide this year.

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.