A New Way of Life

Message from the founder (Susan Burton): Drawing on my own experiences, I founded A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (ANWOL) in 1998, dedicated to helping women, families and our communities break the cycle and heal from the formidable experiences of incarceration. ANWOL provides housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy and policy development on behalf of women rebuilding their lives. Today, we are in the midst of a critical moment in the criminal justice reform movement. We have locked hands in solidarity in advancing several initiatives, measures and calls-to-action. I believe this period will be noted as the time we positively moved the needle for a wide consortium of citizens, voters, stakeholders and policy makers with monumental shifts in consciousness, steering us from punitive, outdated and counter-productive approaches to wise, compassionate and redemptive forms of fairness.


A New Way of Life advances multi-dimensional solutions to the effects of incarceration.

  • We provide housing and support to formerly incarcerated women for successful community re-entry, family reunification and individual healing.
  • We work to restore the civil rights of formerly incarcerated people.
  • We empower, organize and mobilize formerly incarcerated people as advocates for social change and personal transformation.
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