CLTL in the news



WBUR (Boston)’s program Here and Now features an interview with CLTL Co-Director Jean Trounstine.

The New York Times‘ Leah Price profiles CLTL in the Sunday Book Review. Check out “Read a Book, Get out of Jail.”

Positive Youth Development: Changing Lives Through Literature

Marks in the Margin: “Read a Book–Change Your Life”

Green Mountain Barrister Blog : “Literature Group for Offenders”

Public Criminology: “Literature as a Lifeline”

the loveART blog: “in other words”

Louise Marley:  “Books, or the Big House?

Recycled Minds: Book Clubs vs. Jail Sentences

Office of Scholarly and Literary Publications at Georgetown University : “Reading to earn freedom”


University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Alumni magazine features a detailed look at CLTL

On Purpose: Deliberation on the Purpose and Significance of the Arts and the Humanities talks about CLTL in their post “Bibliotherapy: Literature as Rehabilitation.

Keith Oatley from OnFiction mentions CLTL in his post “Research Bulletin: Differences in Empathy”

Kerri Price writes about CLTL on I Love Libraries, the American Library Association blog.

Social Capital Blog mentions CLTL in their post “The pen really is mightier than the sword.”

Keith Oatley from OnFiction talks about CLTL

Denise at the NewPages Blog posted about CLTL in her post “Jail or Read: Changing Lives Through Literature.”


Donna at the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas reports on Bob Waxler’s visit


Read MassHumanities’ interview with Bob Waxler and Jean Trounstine, “Fifteen Years of Changing Lives Through Literature”

Take a look at Taylor Stoehr’s article School on Probation: Teaching that Changes Lives in the NEA Higher Education Journal


The Boston Globe’s Kathy McCabe writes about Judge Joseph Dever’s contribution to CLTL in the article “Judge who went by the book looks forward to a new chapter.”

Library Journal discusses two CLTL facilitators in their article Partners in Anticrime: Kathy McLellan and Tricia Suellentrop

Crime & Federalism talks about CLTL and the power of literature to reform lives

Shirah at Unbossed discusses CLTL as an alternative to faith-based rehabilitation programs.


UMass Boston’s University Reporter writes about CLTL facilitator Taylor Stoehr in English Professor Changes Probationers’ Lives Through Literature

Susan Major’s article on CLTL in Counselor Magazine, the Magazine for Addiction Professionals


Elizabeth Mehren’s article “For These Female Offenders, It’s Read or Do Time” in the Los Angeles Times.


Wendy Robertson and Avril Joy write about their experiences visiting CLTL sessions in The Challenge of Radical Sentencing: Erasing the Chasm Between the Bench and the Dock


Read William Bole’s article “Novel Approach to Sentencing Has Criminals Hitting the Books.”



Changing Lives Through Literature launches new blog “Changing Lives, Changing Minds”


UMass Dartmouth’s Changing Lives Through Literature Program Receives Funding


Changing Lives Through Literature program receives $20,000 grant from Coolidge Family Fund of the Boston Foundation


Changing Lives Through Literature program receives $100,000 from state legislature


Changing Lives Through Literature subject of new book

Changing Lives Through Literature Included in State Budget


Board Of Higher Education Presents Excellence Award To “Changing Lives Through Literature


NEH awards Changing Lives Through Literature at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth $200,000


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