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"Parole in Massachusetts: Why We Need More Second Chances" with Jean Trounstine

When: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The longer we keep people behind bars, the more we continue to fuel the engine of mass incarceration. Why then, is Massachusetts not paroling more people and supporting them to stay out of prison? What are the ways we could improve our ailing parole system? We must demand that more men and women serve the remainder of time in their communities?

 Jean Trounstine is an activist, author, and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts whose most recent book “Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice” explores the true story of Karter Kane Reed and the injustice of sentencing juveniles to adult prisons. 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. Trounstine is on the steering committee of the Coalition for Effective Public Safety (CEPS) in Massachusetts. She takes apart the criminal justice system brick by brick for magazines and blogs such as Boston Magazine,, Alternet, and Huffington Post.

Anne Chamberlain, piano & Hannah Thomas, cello


Join us for refreshments after the program.

All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.

Small wheelchair accessible.

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