A Prisoner's Story of Murder, Remorse And Justice

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Every year in the U.S. criminal justice system nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced or imprisoned. Most of them will be released at some point — even if they're charged with murder.

That was what happened to Karter Kane Reed. In 1993, when Reed was 16 years old, he was charged with killing another teen, Jason Robinson, inside Dartmouth High School.

After decades in prison he reached out to professor, author and activist Jean Trounstine and they began writing to each other. Now she's written his story in a new book "Boy with a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse And a Prisoner's Fight For Justice."

Reed was released on parole three years ago and now works and lives in central Massachusetts.

Jean Trounstine will be speaking about "Boy With A Knife" at the Andover Book Store on April 15 and Porter Square Books on April 19.


Jean Trounstine, author of "Boy with a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse and A Prisoner's Fight For Justice," which will be released April 12. She tweets @JusticeWithJean.

Karter Kane Reed, convicted in the 1993 fatal stabbing of a Dartmouth High School student.


The New York Times: No Gang Tied to Killing, Just Three Rare Friends

  • "Each boy has been charged with murder, and each is being held without bail in a separate youth detention center. All three pleaded not guilty at their arraignment last week. A hearing will be held next month to determine whether they will be tried as adults or juveniles."

South Coast Today: Karter Reed, Convicted of 1993 DHS Stabbing Death, Is Granted Parole

  • "Karter K. Reed, convicted in the fatal 1993 stabbing of a Dartmouth High School student, will be paroled after he completes six months in a pre-release program, the state Parole Board announced Wednesday. The board's closed-door, 4-3 decision on April 18 in favor of approving Mr. Reed's parole was finalized and made public Wednesday, according to Donald V. Giancioppo, executive director of the Parole Board."

This segment aired on March 30, 2016.


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