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

How Reading Helps Some Out of Crime

Not all criminals need to have the book thrown at them.

Are Drug-Sniffing Dogs the New Normal?

So-called 'passive canines' may sniff for drugs at a prison near you.

Another Day, Another Report

MassINC released more findings to add to the pile of reports that are trying to fix the system.

Unanswered Questions About the Drug Lab Fiasco

Why are we still in the dark about the mess that will cost us millions?

Whatever Sal DiMasi Deserves, He Doesn’t Deserve This

The case for Medical Release in Massachusetts.

Meet the Newest Parole Board Member

The Governor's Council confirmed Tonomey Coleman in a 5-3 vote.

The Battle to Bring Back Pell Grants for Prisoners

Why federal funding for college classes in prison would help everyone sleep better.

A New Level of Fashion Police

A little-known law is the key to a new war on ... wait for it ... saggy pants.

'The House I Live In' Documents America's Failed War on Drugs

A free screening of the Sundance award winner will take place Monday.

Can't We Do Better?

There has to be a better way to prevent prison suicides than these embarrassing smocks.