Letters from Inside

“I am currently incarcerated and I been here at Cook County Jail for three years now. And I am being charged with first-degree murder. But Ms. Burton, before I read your book I had lost all hope for myself, and when I read your book I gained all hope back. I gave up on life and everything else. I use to ask myself, why am I living? What’s the reason? Now I have a lot to look for in life. Like going back to school to get my GED because I would like to be a nurse. I love working with people…. Even tho I don’t know you, I truly look up to you, Ms. Burton. You is my role model. You is truly a blessing in people lives.”

-N., Cook County Jail (Chicago, IL)


“I thank you for sharing your thoughts in your book and your personal experiences. It feels nice being able to read something that relates to the struggles I’ve been through…the fact that you made a better life for yourself after being in and out of prison for 15 years, it makes me think I could also do better and get my life on track.”

– J., Los Angeles County juvenile detention


“I sincerely and deeply appreciate the confidence you have given me to change my life. Before, I never thought it was possible…contrary to what many people may believe it is quite hard to get out of the system and stay out. I haven’t ever felt, read and seen the depth and power in words until I read your first page. I try so hard day in and day out to better myself but it’s hard. In the event of reading your book, I have gained/found a hunger in expressing myself in these words on this paper. Like you said power in words…? Right?”

-C., Los Angeles County juvenile detention


“Thank you for your book you sent. It is amazing. Once I found a moment in my busy schedule to read it, I could not put it down. It’s amazing the struggles we make it through and how similar our lives are. You are truly an amazing woman. I am currently on Life Without Possibility of Parole. However, I know many women who have paroled to A New Way of Life and some who are there now. They tell us here how amazing it is to have the support and opportunities you provide. May God continue to bless you through the lives you touch out there and in here through your book.”

– D., Central California Women’s Facility (Chowchilla, CA)


“I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all that you have done for many women released from prison. Now you are also giving us more hope for our futures when you thought of us still here trying to get release dates. Sending your book was like sending out a life line, a ray of hope, something to hold onto until our time comes. I thank you from the depth of my heart.”

– C., Central California Women’s Facility (Chowchilla, CA)