The Common Good
July 2013

AUDIO: A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad

by The Editors | July 2013

A radio documentary with Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life Reentry Project.

Susan Burton and A New Way of Life Reentry Project have caught the attention of Michelle Alexander, acclaimed author The New Jim Crow, the best-selling study of the U.S. system of mass incarceration. Alexander points to Susan Burton's reentry program as a model for the kind of bold initiative needed to build what she calls a "new underground railroad"—a network of families, faith communities, and organizations dedicated to providing desperately needed support and love to people at risk of incarceration, families with loved ones behind bars, and people returning home from prison.

This radio documentary weaves together the voices of Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life. The story shows the human face of those our society stigmatizes as "criminals," "felons," and "offenders," and sheds light on the tremendous hurdles they face upon release from prison, including the most basic and fundamental tasks of securing housing, work, and sobriety. The show, featuring interviews and ambient audio, was recorded on site at A New Way of Life Reentry Project by Chris Moore-Backman, a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

 

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