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

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.

Eldridge Goes to Washington

Eldridge was recognized as a 'Champion of Change' for his work for disaster victims.

A Venture That Gets the Homeless Back to Work

CarryON is a new business that employs the guests of St Francis House.

Why Solitary Confinement is Bad Policy for Prisoners

Massachusetts needs to get in line with every other state except Arkansas.

Locked Up with Nowhere to Go

Two years ago, Deval Patrick set out to save our parole system. But he’s only made it worse.

When Is a Juvenile No Longer a Juvenile?

Trying and sentencing 17-year-olds as adults may soon be no more in Massachusetts.