Becoming Ms. Burton

Becoming Ms. Burton

From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

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Baker & Taylor
A South Los Angeles woman who self-medicated with drugs after her son’s death and was in and out of prison for 15 years describes her struggle to get clean and how she became an advocate and supporter of women facing similar situations. 40,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
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.



Baker
& Taylor

A woman who self-medicated with drugs after her sons death and was in and out of prison for fifteen years describes her struggle to get clean and how she became an advocate and supporter of women facing similar situations.

Publisher: New York : The New Press, c2017
ISBN: 9781620972120
Branch Call Number: 365.7092 BUR
Characteristics: xxiii, 304 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lynn, Cari

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Aug 29, 2017

Ms Burton is a great example of someone who has had to start over with nothing more than once. Now she helps others who were in the same position as she was. She's a hero!

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Stargirl_0
Aug 05, 2017

Very honest, hard look at the struggles that lay ahead for women who serve time in prison. Tough to read this book because of all the minute tragedies and sadness that lead up to the arrest and the heartbreak and numbness that come afterward.

Something is really wrong in society for us not to to take a better look at a problem where victims are created by a society that looks the other way and then punishes as result.

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