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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Once Again, Massachusetts Grapples With Backwards Juvenile Laws

Why trying 14-year-old Philip Chism as an adult is a bad idea.

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Are Prisons the New Asylums?

A bombshell WSJ report found that prisons are warehousing the mentally ill—here’s how Massachusetts stacks up.

Arts & Entertainment

A Theater Company with a Mission

Actors impacted by the criminal justice system turn their stories into stage-worthy drama.

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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.

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Scenes from the March on Washington

A bunch of New Englanders attended the historic March.

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Nonprofit Lands Major Grants for Prisoners

How hard work by Span founder Lyn Levy has paid off tenfold.

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Eldridge Goes to Washington

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

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A Venture That Gets the Homeless Back to Work

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

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Why Solitary Confinement is Bad Policy for Prisoners

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

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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.

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When Is a Juvenile No Longer a Juvenile?

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

Arts & Entertainment

How Reading Helps Some Out of Crime

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

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Are Drug-Sniffing Dogs the New Normal?

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

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Another Day, Another Report

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

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Unanswered Questions About the Drug Lab Fiasco

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