The below chapter and embed player is taken from a interview done on Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal of Susan Burton. I covered this interview as part of my morning broadcast of current events dealing with the institutional oppression of Black Americans in American.
A New Way of Life is a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that offers transitional living and support services for women just released from prison. But to understand how that organization came to be and why it matters, you have to understand the story of the woman who founded it. Susan Burton served six prison sentences in 17 years, caught in a cycle of drug addiction and incarceration. Since founding A New Way of Life in 1998, she’s provided transitional housing and support services for over 900 formerly incarcerated women. Her personal story is the subject of a new book called "Becoming Ms. Burton." She talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about her journey.