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.”

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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.

Arts & Entertainment

’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.

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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.