Jean Trounstine

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

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 woman housed with Litwok found that her husband was unable to afford the trip across state lines for a mere hour, she bashed her head against the cement wall until it was bloody. “Those who survived the best were women who had contact with family,” said Litwok.

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How Teens Cope in Prison After Being Sentenced as Adults

The following is an excerpt from the new book Boy With a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse and a Prisoner's Fight for Justice by Jean Trounstine (Ig Publishing, 2016): 

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The Plight of California's Prisoners: Hunger Strike, Sterilization and Valley Fever

Editor's Update: Mediators working on behalf of California prison hunger strikers met on Friday with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeffrey Beard to make their case, coming on the heels of nearly 100 family members of hunger strikers visiting the Capitol Tuesday, where they presented a petition signed by over 60,000 people demanding negotiations with hunger strikers to Governor Brown's office. In Washington on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to delay a court order for California to release nearly 10,000 inmates by year’s end to improve conditions in state prisons. The court rejected a plea from Gov. Jerry Brown who has argued that prison conditions have substantially improved and that circumstances have changed – this despite the massive actions of 30,000 prisoners who initially participated in the largest rejection of these official arguments in history.

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