Join us for a talk centering women’s experiences in the criminal justice system featuring two renowned advocates on behalf of incarcerated women and women returning from prison: Susan Burton and Romarilyn Ralston. Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara will moderate.
Susan Burton is the author of the award-winning book Becoming Mrs. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, about her experiences in the criminal justice system and her transformative work as an advocate. Susan also founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project in 1998 and since its founding more than 1,000 women and children have found safety and support in her 7 reentry homes. The “New Way of Life” model emphasizes the importance of education, every individual’s capacity for transformation and the necessary centering of formerly incarcerated people in crafting policy solutions to mass incarceration. She was named a CNN Top Ten Hero in 2010 and received the Citizen Activist Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The Los Angeles Times named her as one of the 18 New Civil Rights Leaders in the nation in 2015.
Romarilyn Ralston is a feminist activist for domestic violence survivors. A formerly incarcerated woman, she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Pitzer College in Gender and Feminist Studies in 2014, a master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 where she served as a 2014-15 CORO Public Affairs Fellow. Romarilyn currently serves as the Program Coordinator of California State Fullerton’s Project Rebound, a programming center created with the aim of making higher education more accessible to formally incarcerated individuals that explicitly reaffirms the New Way of Life model.