Justice on Trial Film Festival

September 29-30 2018
Loyola Marymount University

Collaboration at Work

The Justice On Trial film festival grew out of a conversation between award-winning author Michelle Alexander and Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project.

The Justice on Trial Film Festival speaks to the challenges of people caught up in the judicial system. They know only too well the pain and injustice—the jail house beatings, the solitary confinement, the stop-and-frisk humiliations, the selective prosecutions with bad plea bargains, and the unreasonably long sentences that they suffer. They are painfully familiar with the school-to-prison pipeline that puts so many young people, particularly those of color, at risk. But their voices are often unheard beyond their own communities. The film festival creates an opportunity to project their voices to a world deafened by the negative images and stereotypes presented by the media.


A New Way of Life has five re-entry houses, serving up to 31 women and their children at any given time. Along with emotional support and encouragement, we provide wrap-around support, including transportation assistance, community engagement, and family reunification.


A New Way of Life also supports the community-at-large, providing the following services and opportunities: Household Goods Distribution, Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE) Program, Re-Entry Legal Clinic, Women Organizing for Justice & Opportunity (WOJO) and All of Us or None (AOUON).


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair