Criminal justice advocate Susan Burton on prison realignment

imageSusan Burton is the founder and executive director of the “A New Way of Life Re-entry Project” in South Central Los Angeles. As a former drug addict, Burton cycled in an out of the criminal justice system for nearly fifteen years. She now works with women returning home from prisons and jails, helping them transition back into society.

Annenberg Radio News host Omar Shamout spoke with Burton about California’s prison realignment efforts and the problems facing former inmates.

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California is under a court order to reduce its prison population. The state began the “realignment” process in 2011; it is moving 30,000 inmates from state facilities to county jails.

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