Becoming Ms. Burton
Becoming Ms. Burton
From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Susan Burton

—Recommended by Elaine

One woman's remarkable odyssey from tragedy to prison to recovery—and recognition as a leading figure in the national justice reform movement

Susan Burton’s world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As a resident of South Los Angeles, a black community under siege in the War on Drugs, it was but a matter of time before Susan was arrested. She cycled in and out of prison for over fifteen years; never was she offered therapy or treatment for addiction. On her own, she eventually found a private drug rehabilitation facility.

Once clean, Susan dedicated her life to supporting women facing similar struggles. Her organization, A New Way of Life, operates five safe homes in Los Angeles that supply a lifeline to hundreds of formerly incarcerated women and their children—setting them on the track to education and employment rather than returns to prison. Becoming Ms. Burton not only humanizes the deleterious impact of mass incarceration, it also points the way to the kind of structural and policy changes that will offer formerly incarcerated people the possibility of a life of meaning and dignity.

Title Becoming Ms. Burton
Subtitle From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Author Susan Burton
Publisher New Press, The
Title First Published 09 May 2017
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 228 p.
ISBN-10 1620972123
ISBN-13 9781620972120
Publication Date 09 May 2017
Main content page count 228
Weight 32 oz.

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