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How Carlos Muñoz Crocheted His Way To Freedom

From the series Uncuffed:

Carlos Muñoz had been incarcerated for more than 20 years when he finally found his calling—crochet. He started out in hiding, embarrassed to crochet in front of other men. But over time, he brought his art into the light. Carlos shared the wisdom he’s learned from his crochet hooks.

This story was originally broadcast on April 29, 2019. This month, Carlos Muñoz was granted parole. After 26 years of incarceration, he’ll be walking free.

"Crochet is very forgiving. All you have to do is pull on a string, go back to where you made your mistake, and just redo everything all over again. You don't have to throw away the yarn."

Uncuffed is produced by men at Solano State Prison. Learn more about them here.

KALW’s radio training program at Solano State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.

Email KALW's Uncuffed editors.

Write to the Uncuffed producers at Solano State Prison:

Level 3 Education / Media Lab
P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, CA 95696-4000

This story first aired in May of 2019.

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