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Women suffer disproportionately under harsh California laws
Women suffer disproportionately under harsh California laws

She’s probably told her story thousands of times, but when we talk, Susan Burton’s tale comes spilling out of her as if it’s the first time she’s shared it: in and out of prison for years for possessing small amounts of crack cocaine, never offered drug diversion or help with housing or work. When Burton argues that Proposition 47, a ballot initiative that would reclassify many small-time felonies as misdemeanors, would have spared her years of a “turnstile” life, she is persuasive. “I was sent up over and over again during a 15-year span,” said Burton, who fell into serious addiction in 1982 after her 5-year-old son was killed by a car....

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