A New Way of Life Reentry Project

Susan Burton, Founder, A New Way of Life

Grantee Cohort Fall 2018, Spring 2020

Location National

“We keep a woman in prison for decade after decade at a cost of $60,000 a year, and then give them $200 when they hit the gates for release. People have to get their IDs, Social Security cards. They have to get clothing, housing, apply for benefits and services, and it’s impossible to do with 200 bucks.”- Susan Burton on helping women return home (The New York Times)

Over the past two years, supported by Art for Justice, A New Way of Life raised Susan’s profile as a public speaker and nationally recognized criminal justice reformer to spur new thinking in the field, attract cornerstone partners and expand its work. A New Way of Life also joined a study conducted by UCLA, evaluating the organization’s methods and the capacity to replicate the SAFE model nationally. SAFE (Sisterhood Alliance for Freedom and Equality) Housing Network’s goal is to reduce re-incarceration for women by increasing access to opportunity through a network of national programs — carefully modeled on the program philosophy, values, and practices of A New Way of Life.