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Becoming Ms. Burton : from prison to recovery to leading the fight for incarcerated women

Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander
"Susan Burton's world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As a resident of South Los Angeles, a black community under siege in the War on Drugs, it was but a matter of time before Susan was arrested. She cycled in and out of prison for over fifteen years; never was she offered therapy or treatment for addiction. On her own, she eventually found a private drug rehabilitation facility. Once clean, Susan dedicated her life to supporting women facing similar struggles"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2019
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The New Press, New York, 2019
xxiii, 310 pages ; 21 cm
9781620974353, 1620974355
Foreword / Michelle Alexander
Part I: Sue
Now what?
Land of opportunity
Daddy's girl
Hit the road
The sacrifice
Things you don't talk about
The life
From the skillet to the frying pan
No justice, no peace
A new drug
Incarceration nation
Collateral damage
The revolving door
The vicious cycle
Hurt people
A tale of two systems
A way out
Finding purpose
Part II: Mrs. Burton
A new way of life
The wall of no
Who's profiting from our pain?
Women and prison
A kindred spirit
Taking food off the table
Broke leg house
From trash to treasure
All of us or none
Treating the symptoms and the disease
The meaning of life
The women from Orange County
Being beholden
Living an impossible life
The house that discrimination built
Women organizing for justice and opportunity
What would Ms. Sybil Brand think?
Without representation
Prop 47
The movement
The arc bends toward justice
Includes Reading Group Guide
First published in hardcover in 2017