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, and takes apart the justice system on Twitter @justicewithjean.


Prison Visiting Policies Are About to Change in Massachusetts

New limits on visitation face objections from activists.


Who Will Be Your Next Sheriff?

They’re up for reelection in all 14 counties.


Next Steps for Philip Chism

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


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.

Arts & Entertainment

’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.


Why We Need a Law to Protect Pregnant Prisoners

Shackling during delivery is just the tip of the iceberg.


Bail Jails Are a Bad Idea

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