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A Crisis of Care: Gina’s Story (Part 2)


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Gina and Amanda; Tacoma, Washington, 1996. Source: Grace Ortega

Gina and Amanda; Tacoma, Washington, 1996. Source: Grace Ortega

Health care in prisons and jails across the U.S. is in a state of crisis and California prisons are no exception. State officials claim medical services in California’s prisons meet normal community health care standards. But prisoner rights activists, lawyers, health care workers and the prisoners themselves have a different story to tell. The life and death of Gina Muniz is one of those stories.

On the second of our three-part series, “A Crisis of Care,” a look inside California’s prison health care system, we continue “Gina’s Story.”


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 step brother.

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

Music by:

Matt Fidler of “Fidler, Sound and Media”

Author: Radio Project

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