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‘My Mom Is Beyond a Superwoman’: Mother’s Day While Locked Up

Pedro Archuleta grew up in Brawley, California. He’s always been close with his mother, Connie, and says that although it’s very hard to be apart while he serves a life sentence at the California Institution for Men, their bond has only grown stronger. (Courtesy of Connie Archuleta)

Pedro Archuleta and his mother, Connie Archuleta, have gotten closer since Pedro’s incarceration in 2002.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has cast a shadow of worry over both of them. Connie worries about conditions inside the California Institution for Men in Chino, where Pedro, who also has a respiratory illness called Valley fever, is locked up. And Pedro worries that he can’t do enough to help his 73-year-old mother right now.

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Robin Estrin

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