Susan Burton, author, activist and former inmate spoke about her life and work as part of the University of Albany School of Criminal Justice’s symposium “Incarcerating Girls and Women: Past and Present” (2018). She spoke following a screening of the Moyers & Company program ‘Incarceration Nation.’
Burton’s autobiography, ‘Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (2017)’ recounts her life-struggles after her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street and, consumed by grief, she turned to drugs.
After serving six prison terms in 17 years, Burton dedicated herself to helping other women overcome personal histories of incarceration, poverty, and addiction. Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a reentry project for former inmates.