Susan Burton

Susan Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides sober housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. Nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic civil and human rights to those who have served time, Burton was a winner of AARP’s prestigious Purpose Prize and has been a Starbucks “Upstander,” a CNN Top 10 Hero, and a Soros Justice Fellow. The author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton (The New Press), she lives in Los Angeles.

News and Reviews

Over 6,000 Copies of Becoming Ms. Burton Distributed to Women in Prisons and Jails Across the Country

As part of its on-going effort to get books into the hands of “intellectually redlined audiences,” The New Press has raised funds for and organized the distr

Becoming Ms. Burton in Prisons and Jails, Wins Multiple Awards

With major philanthropic support, The New Press has undertaken a collaborative effort with the re-entry program created and run by Susan Burton to place over

Los Angeles Review of Books

“Valuable… [like Michelle] Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Nell Bernstein’s Burning Down the House, and Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.

Susan Burton Featured as Starbucks "Upstander"

Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project and author of the forthcoming book 

Books by Susan Burton

From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

Susan Burton, Cari Lynn