Jean Trounstine, born in Cincinnati and a Walnut Hills High School graduate, is an activist, author, and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her 6th book is Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice. It explores the true story of Karter Kane Reed and the injustice of sentencing juveniles to adult prisons.
Join Jean in discussing juvenile justice in the United States, followed by a book signing. Copies of Boy with a Knife will be available for sale courtesy of The Bookshelf.
Trounstine worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years where she directed eight plays with prisoners. Her highly-praised book about that work, Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison has been featured on NPR, The Connection, Here and Now, and in numerous print publications here and abroad. In addition, she has spoken around the world on women in prison, co-founded the women’s branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, an award-winning alternative sentencing program featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show, and co-authored two books about the program. She published a book of poetry, Almost Home Free, and co-edited the New England best-seller, Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out On Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes. Trounstine is on the steering committee of the Coalition for Effective Public Safety in Massachusetts.
She takes apart the criminal justice system brick by brick for magazines and blogs such as Boston Magazine, Truthout.org, the Rag Blog and Huffington Post. You can follow her on Twitter @justicewithjean
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