AFTER LIFE | Episode 5 Heart Strings The untold story of how a group of incarcerated men reshaped rehabilitation in California

Welcome to Season Two: AFTER LIFE

Art by Mara J. Reynolds for Gray Area

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Gilbert’s penpal Rebecca flies to California from Texas so they can meet face to face. Even though Gilbert might not come home for years or even decades, a piece of string in the prison visiting room changes the course of their relationship. But then, a phone call to After Life producer Julie Reynolds Martinez shatters Gilbert’s world.

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Art by Mara J. Reynolds

Julie Reynolds Martínez

About Julie Reynolds Martínez

Julie Reynolds Martínez is a freelance journalist who has reported for the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Nation, NPR, PBS, the NewsGuild and other outlets. She is a co-founder of Voices of Monterey Bay.