University of Redlands

Author and advocate brings message of recovery and resilience

Susan Burton is nationally known as a leader in the effort to restore basic civil and human rights for incarcerated women and to reform the criminal justice system

REDLANDS, California (Sept. 15, 2017)—Susan Burton, founder and executive director of the nonprofit A New Way of Life will talk about her personal journey from grief to prisoner to advocate at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in Orton Center on the University of Redlands campus. This event is free and open to the public.

When her 5-year-old son was hit by a car and killed, Burton was overwhelmed by numbing grief that led to drug use and prison. After six separate incarcerations, Burton sought and found the help that changed her life. Now she helps other women do the same.  

Burton, who was named a CNN Hero in 2010, has published her story of resilience, recovery, and advocacy in her recent book, “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.” She has been interviewed recently on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” and in The New York Times and USA Today.