Susan Burton Speaks with PBS News Hour About the Incarceration of Women in the United States

Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life (ANWOL), a Promoting Reentry grantee, was featured in a PBS News Hour segment on the incarceration of women in the United States. The segment focused on the gender disparity in the U.S. jail population. While the number of men in jail has decreased significantly since 2008, the number of women has stayed consistent, leading to an increase in the proportion of women spending time in jail.

As part of his investigation, special correspondent David Tereshchuk spoke with both Burton and Selena Lopez, who received education and legal services through ANWOL’s reentry program after being incarcerated. They discussed the impact that jail has on low-income women, especially mothers, and the importance of resources in communities.

“There’s a lot of things that I’d like to see, but we can start with alternatives to incarceration. Pre-trial releases. Investments in our school systems, and investments in our communities,” Burton says.

Along with Burton and Lopez, Tereshchuk interviewed Olive Lu, a former fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, an Art for Justice Fund grantee; Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant David Petrocelli; Amber Rose Howard, statewide coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget; and Sheila Kuehl,L.A. County Board Supervisor.

Watch the complete PBS News Hour segment here.