Coming October 20-21: A Film Festival Like No Other

justice on trial film festivalThose of us who have been fighting the battle for dignity and justice for a long, long time sometimes forget how powerful we are. We sometimes forget how many of us there are. We can even forget how much heart there is in our movement.

That’s why we come together from time to time to rally and march. And that’s also why in less than a month we will gather in force here in LA at the first-ever film festival to focus exclusively on the struggle against mass incarceration. We are calling it “Justice On Trial” – and you do not want to miss it.

The festival was first proposed to me by Michelle Alexander, who will honor us with her presence and an address on the evening of Oct. 20. On the evening of Oct. 21 we will present another powerful speaker,  the national founder/director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelemann.  Films featured at the festival include “Broken On All Sides,” “Crimes of Police,” “Gideon’s Army,” “the House I Live In,” “Redemption of the Prosecutor,” and “Visions of Abolition.”

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All festival information is here. We expect the festival to be sold out. My advice: reserve your tickets now!

On a personal note, it has been a pleasure for me and my staff at A New Way of Life to be planning the festival side by side with Patrisse Cullors of the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence as well as with Peter Laarman and his team from Justice Not Jails and Dick Price and Sharon Kyle, the editor and publisher of LA Progressive.

Susan Burton
A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project

About Susan Burton

Susan Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Reentry Program.

Susan Burton and her story of perseverance in overcoming overwhelming odds is an inspiration to women across the United States, particularly formerly incarcerated women and women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. After cycling in an out of the criminal justice system for nearly fifteen years, Susan gained freedom and sobriety and founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project in 1998.

She opened her doors to other women returning home from prisons and jails, offering shelter, safety, leadership, and support to those seeking to rebuild their lives. Dedicating her life to helping other women break the cycle of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and despair, Susan became a recognized leader in the criminal justice reform and reentry rights movements.


  1. Carlene Brown says:

    I am so grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Susan Burton at A New Way of Life! Looking forward to this great film festival.