Radio Baha’i to Broadcast Special Feature on “The New Underground Railroad”

HEMINGWAY - In an effort to help illuminate a critical social issue, WLGI-FM 90.9 (Radio Baha’i) will broadcast a special feature about the challenges of re-entry into society ex-inmates face after serving time in prison on Thursdays September 5 and September 12.

A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad: Making a Break for Freedom During the Era of Mass Incarceration is a 29-minute radio documentary that weaves together the voices of Michelle Alexander, Susan Burton (founder of A New Way of Life Re-entry Program in South Los Angeles), and five residents of this re-entry program for women, showing the human face of those society stigmatizes as "criminals" and illustrating the essential role of what Alexander calls the emerging "new underground railroad" within the growing movement to dismantle the U.S. system of mass incarceration.

Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, points to the New Way of Life Re-Entry Program as a model for the kind of bold initiative needed to build the “new underground railroad" -- a network of families, faith communities, and organizations dedicated to providing desperately needed support and love to those newly released from prison.

A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad will air on Radio Baha’i on Thursday, September 5th and again on Thursday, September 12th at 10 a.m., 7 p.m., and midnight both days.