Jean Trounstine, DigBoston

Jean Trounstine

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Past:
  • DigBoston
  • Truthout
  • AlterNet
  • Boston Magazine

Past articles by Jean:

SPECIAL FEATURE: REVOCATION NATION

The epidemic of reincarceration for technical parole violations in the age of COVID → Read More

THE COST OF PRISON VIDEO VISITATION: ANOTHER HARDSHIP FOR FAMILIES

As lawmakers consider free phone calls, expensive video calls come to Mass prisons → Read More

BOOK REVIEW: PRISON BY ANY OTHER NAME

New book reveals potential pitfalls for those seeking justice reforms. → Read More

WILL MASS PASS LEGISLATION TO AID PRISONERS AND ENCOURAGE FAMILY CONTACT?

“When COVID first started, I didn’t hear from him. You don’t know what it feels like to not know if your loved one is alive or dead.” → Read More

REMOTE JUSTICE: ON TRIAL IN ZOOM COURT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

“It’s impossible to advocate for someone [in court] over the telephone. … Anything you say or your client says is heard by everyone.” → Read More

THE DYSFUNCTIONAL MASS PAROLE BOARD’S INEVITABLE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

“Most prisons and many jails have done very little to reduce the population density that puts both incarcerated people and staff at grave risk.” → Read More

ADVOCATES SUE, ARGUE IMMEDIATE DECARCERATION NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES

To keep people locked up despite the looming threat of coronavirus, officials are claiming prisoners lack community ties. Advocates and family members say that’s not the case. → Read More

MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 DECARCERATION BILL COULD PROTECT US ALL

“This call for releases is not the advocacy community trying to capitalize on an opportunity to decarcerate … Prison health care is already overstressed and a lack of response will absolutely kill people.” → Read More

Beyond the Death Penalty, Activists Are Fighting to End Death by Incarceration

From Vermont to California, activists are finding pathways to upend “the other death sentence”: life without parole. → Read More

CHANGING PERCEPTION, CHANGING THE LAW

What Mass lawmakers can learn from the battle to end death by incarceration across the country → Read More

LAST MAN STANDING: WHICH DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WOULD EXECUTE THE LAST MAN ON DEATH ROW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE?

As the only man left on death row, an African-American in a state that is 93% Caucasian, sitting in the secure housing unit at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, he seemed far from the concerns of the candidates on stage. → Read More

SPECIAL FEATURE: MORE DYSFUNCTION THAN DIVERSITY

Who oversees parole in Mass? What motivates decisions? Does the outcome help the Commonwealth? Will the addition of another career prosecutor tilt the Mass parole board away from second chances? → Read More

SPECIAL FEATURE: THE FIGHT FOR LIFE IN MASSACHUSETTS

The Bay State has a fraught history of sentencing people to serve life without parole. Now lawmakers have a chance to end the bad deal Beacon Hill made to trade the death penalty for natural life sentences. → Read More

Fighting to End the Other Death Sentence: Life Without Parole

Activists are fighting to end the practice of imprisoning people until they die. → Read More

Fighting the Fees That Force Prisoners to Pay for Their Incarceration

"Pay-to-stay" fees push the poor into debt. → Read More

The Clampdown on Visiting Loved Ones in Prisons and Jails Isn't Helping Anyone

In-person visits are beneficial to prison safety and recidivism rates and are crucial to those behind bars. Evie Litwok felt the necessity of visitors when she served time in the Federal Correctional Institute in Tallahassee, Florida. While she was in solitary, visits were cut down to one hour per week, and prisoners were both forbidden physical contact and shackled during visitation. When a… → Read More

Prison Visiting Policies Are About to Change in Massachusetts

As the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) rolls out revisions to prison visiting procedures, former prisoners and their families fight back. → Read More

Lifting Up Community Voices to Tackle Injustice

Community justice requires every voice to be heard. → Read More

US Parole Activists Aim to Overhaul a Failing System

It takes a village to secure a second chance for prisoners. → Read More

Abolitionists From Around the World Gather to Plan for the End of Prisons

The US prison system was born in slavery and colonialism. → Read More