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 Jean Trounstine is an author whose most recent book is Boy With a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice (2016). She is also a professor at Middlesex Community College, and a prison activist who worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years, where she directed eight plays with incarcerated women. Her noted Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison is about that work. She co-founded the women’s branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, blogs at jeantrounstine.com, and takes apart the justice system on Twitter @justicewithjean.

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Prison Visiting Policies Are About to Change in Massachusetts

New limits on visitation face objections from activists.

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Who Will Be Your Next Sheriff?

They’re up for reelection in all 14 counties.

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Next Steps for Philip Chism

He’ll serve at least 40 years for the rape and murder of Colleen Ritzer.

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Why Mass. Needs to Clear Kids’ Records

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

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Pondville Correctional Center: A Prison for Parolees?

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

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Roxbury’s Andrea James Wins Coveted Justice Fellowship

She’s one of 15 honored nationwide this year.

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Four Takeaways from Bryan Stevenson’s Talk at Harvard

He spoke about justice and mass incarceration.

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’Hidden Faces of Courage’ Offers a Dose of Reality

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

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Dying While Black and Brown

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

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What Happens at a Juvenile Lifer Hearing?


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

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Will Gregory Diatchenko Get a Second Chance?

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

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Scenes from the ’Jobs Not Jails’ Rally

Hundreds took to the Common to end mass incarceration.

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Hear the Candidates Tackle Some Thorny Issues

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

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Why We Need a Law to Protect Pregnant Prisoners

Shackling during delivery is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Bail Jails Are a Bad Idea

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