Twenty years ago, Susan Burton started A New Way of Life Reentry Project in South Los Angeles to provide safe housing and other services for formerly incarcerated women and their children. Having served six prison sentences herself, Burton recognized that women returning to society after prison needed a lot more support than they typically received. This month, Burton will launch SAFE (Sisterhood Alliance for Freedom and Equality) Housing Network, a replication model that will allow A New Way of Life to share its methods with other up-and-coming reentry housing programs throughout the country.
“Over the years, I’ve received many requests for training from other reentry programs around the U.S. People want to learn how we do what we do and apply it to their own projects,” Burton says. “We want to share our model as widely as we can and use our knowledge and experience to support the replication of our model in communities around the country that are impacted by mass incarceration.”
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