After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

May 16, 20171:11 PM ET Heard on Fresh Air Terry Gross square 2017 TERRY GROSS Fresh Air Becoming Ms. Burton Becoming Ms. Burton From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn Hardcover, 304 pages purchase Susan Burton knows just how hard it is to get back

From Revolving Door to Re-Entry: An Interview With Susan Burton

By Victoria Law  Truthout Susan Burton survived a childhood filled with violence and abuse, battles with drug addiction and various stints behind bars. She was rebuilding her life when her five-year-old son K.K. was struck and killed by a police van. His death sent her spiraling back into a cycle of drugs and incarceration just

Fight to Stop a Cycle of Institutional Abuse

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What I Learned From Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman

Reading her life story will change the way you view the world. By Michelle Alexander There once lived a woman with deep brown skin and black hair who freed people from bondage and ushered them to safety. She welcomed them to safe homes and offered food, shelter, and help reuniting with family and loved ones.

From Prisoner to Modern Day Harriet Tubman

By Nicholas Kristof The New York Times LOS ANGELES — She was 4 years old when her aunt’s boyfriend began to abuse her sexually. Then at 14, she had a baby girl, the result of a gang rape. Soon she fell under the control of a violent pimp and began cycling through jails, prisons, addiction