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A Crisis of Care: A System on Life Support


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Grace Ortega. Source: Grace Ortega

Grace Ortega. Source: Grace Ortega

Health care in prisons and jails in California is in a state of crisis. There is no quick fix and lives are at risk. In the last of our three-part series, A Crisis of Care: A System on Life Support, we’ll hear from experts offering an insiders view on the continuing health care crisis in California’s prisons. We’ll hear from the former federal receiver, a whistleblower correctional nurse, a former prisoner turned advocate and from a long-time prisoner rights activist who discusses the state of prison health care and the potential for change.


Grace Ortega, daughter Gina Muniz died while sick in prison; Robert Sillen, former California Prison Health Care Receiver; Dee Garcia, prison rights activist and former prisoner; Joey Upland, veteran correctional nurse; Donna Willmott, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children family advocacy coordinator.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: 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 Coalition for Women Prisoners – San Francisco, CA

California Prison Focus – 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”

Other music:

Larry Pattis: “Three AM,” “Homeland Suite,” “Big Mountain Sunrise”

Author: Radio Project

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