Trina was a homeless teenage girl in the 1970’s when she was convicted of murder. She unintentionally set her friend’s house on fire after breaking and entering, and two people died in the fire. Trina came from a household in which her father brutally beat and raped her, her mother, and her siblings. In prison, she was raped by an officer and gave birth to a son, and then became severely emotionally and physically ill with multiple sclerosis. With EJI’s support, she later reconnected to estranged family members, including her child, which helped her mental health. At the time of the book’s publication, she was still serving a life sentence, despite a recent Supreme Court ruling banning life sentences for juvenile crimes.
Trina Garrett Character Timeline in Just Mercy
The timeline below shows where the character Trina Garrett appears in Just Mercy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: All God’s Children
Chapter 16: The Stonecatcher’s Song of Sorrow
...win the case, bringing hope for the possibility of release to over 2,000 people, including Trina Garrett and Ashley Jones. EJI wins a reduced sentence in the case of several young... (full context)
...state of Pennsylvania, EJI continues (at the time of the book’s publication) to fight on Trina Garrett’s behalf. In 2014, she was in a music video featuring Muncy Prison entitled “This... (full context)