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A Crisis of Care: Gina’s Story (Part 1)


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Top:Modesto Community Hospital, Sept. 2000 (Gina and her daughter Amanda). Bottom: Grace and Gina.  Source: Grace Ortega

Top:Modesto Community Hospital, Sept. 2000 (Gina and her daughter Amanda). Bottom: Grace and Gina. Source: Grace Ortega

The story of Gina Muniz, her life and her death as a prisoner of the California Correctional System is, ultimately, the story of a family. Not a perfect family, but one based on faith and commitment to each other. A family not so different from ones many of us know. But Gina’s story is also a recounting of how a state-sanctioned life sentence became a state-sponsored death sentence. A story far too common in California prisons.

At the heart of the matter is this: Gina Muniz should not have died. And for this reason, it’s important for each of us to know and understand her story.

This is the first of a three-part series, “A Crisis of Care,” a look inside the prison health care system in the state of California. In this first show “Gina’s Story,” we’ll hear from her family. The people she left behind. The family she was taken from.


The Family – Grace Ortega, mom; David Ortega, step-dad; Larry Muniz, brother; Amanda, Gina’s daughter; Angelina & Larry Jr., Larry’s kids; David Ortega, Gina’s stepbrother.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer and Associate Producer: Andrew Stelzer and Puck Lo
Intern: Elena Botkin-Levy
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Much appreciation to the Omnia Foundation who helped make this show possible and to Matt Fidler of “Fidler, Sound and Media” who wrote and produced the music.

For more information:

All of Us or None -Oakland, CA

California Prison Health Care Receivership Corporation – Sacramento, CA

Critical Resistance – National Office – Oakland, CA

Human Rights Watch – New York, NY

Justice Now – Oakland, CA

Justice Policy Institute – Washington, DC

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children – San Francisco, CA

The Sentencing Project – Washington, DC

U.S. Department of Justice – Washington, DC

Women’s Prison Association – New York, NY

Other information:

Analysis of CDCR Death Reviews 2006

Bureau of Justice Statistics Prisoners 2006

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


Matt Fidler of “Fidler, Sound and Media”

Author: Radio Project

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