When Susan Burton’s five-year-old son was run over and killed by a Los Angeles police officer, her grief drew her into severe drug addiction. For the next twenty years, Susan would cycle in and out of prison. Her crimes were non-violent, but she was struck with felony charges mandatory under California law, making it near impossible to find housing, employment or access to drug treatment.
Then her story took a remarkable turn. Susan not only broke the cycle – getting clean and finding employment - but she went on to found A New Way of Life Reentry Project, dedicated to helping recently incarcerated women rebuild their lives. You can listen to Susan share her story in our powerful video below and read more about how Californians can vote on a simple solution to end this ugly pattern this November.