Last Saturday night, viewers around the world were captivated by an inspiring interview on MSNBC. Journalist Savannah Guthrie sat down with the remarkable Susan Burton, a woman who has dedicated her life to bringing hope and healing to the lives of countless individuals. In a heartfelt conversation, Burton shared her personal journey of overcoming adversity, her tireless efforts in criminal justice reform, and her unwavering commitment to helping formerly incarcerated women rebuild their lives.
Susan Burton’s journey began with tragedy and adversity, as she faced personal loss and struggled with addiction. Her life took a drastic turn when her five-year-old son was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident. Grief-stricken and traumatized, Burton turned to drugs to cope, eventually finding herself trapped in a cycle of incarceration and recidivism.
However, within the depths of despair, Burton discovered her resilience and a newfound determination to break free from the shackles of addiction and incarceration. Her own experiences ignited a passion within her to help other women facing similar challenges and to provide them with a second chance at life.
After her final release from prison in 1997, Susan Burton embarked on a mission to create safe spaces for formerly incarcerated women. She founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project, a groundbreaking organization that offers housing, support, and resources to women reentering society after prison. Through her organization, Burton has helped countless women rebuild their lives, providing them with vital tools and opportunities for a fresh start.
In her interview with Savannah Guthrie, Burton emphasized the importance of addressing the root causes of incarceration and breaking the cycle of recidivism. She highlighted the need for comprehensive reform in the criminal justice system, advocating for alternatives to incarceration and investing in rehabilitation programs that address trauma, addiction, and mental health issues.
Susan Burton’s tireless efforts and unwavering dedication to criminal justice reform have garnered widespread recognition and admiration. Her work has received accolades from numerous organizations and has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious CNN Heroes Award.
Through her appearances on various media platforms and engagements with policymakers, Burton has shed light on the systemic issues plaguing the criminal justice system and brought attention to the transformative power of compassion and rehabilitation.
Susan Burton’s appearance on MSNBC last Saturday night, as interviewed by Savannah Guthrie, served as a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity for transformation. Her remarkable journey from tragedy and addiction to becoming a beacon of hope and healing is an inspiration to us all.

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Burton’s advocacy for criminal justice reform and her tireless efforts to support formerly incarcerated women are changing lives and reshaping our understanding of justice. Her commitment to addressing the root causes of incarceration and providing alternatives to the revolving door of the prison system has ignited a movement for change.
As we reflect on Susan Burton’s powerful message, we are reminded that every person deserves a chance at redemption and a path to a better future. Through her work, Burton is not only transforming lives but also challenging society to embrace empathy, compassion, and second chances.
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– By David James, Chief Development Officer