This presentation will include how Changing Lives through Literature (CLTL), an award-winning alternative sentencing program, came to be, how it has grown and developed for people on probation (and also, behind bars). We’ll explore the rationale for a democratic reading/discussiongroup where professors, judges, probation and correction officers talkto each other about literature. CLTL has become a model in Massachusetts and has been duplicated elsewhere across the country. Finally we’ll cover funding, stats, and best of all, stories from the participants. Jean Trounstine is an activist, author, and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts who worked at Framingham Women’sPrison for ten years. She co-founded the women’s branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show, and co-authored two books about the program. Her highly-praised book,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 printpublications here and abroad. She has spoken around the world on women inprison.
This event first appeared on EssexCountyCreates.org