With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.
Behind the gates of Gomorrah : a year with the criminally insane by Stephen B. Seager, MD
It is a true insider's account written by a psychiatrist that spent one year working at the nation's largest state run forensic/mental hospital in California, Gorman State Hospital, locally known as "Gomorrah". A place where the most hardened serial killers, mass murderers, and criminally insane convicts are housed, mostly in dorm like settings instead of cells, free to roam the halls. Severe acts of violence are encountered on an almost daily basis both against staff and other patients, and the book is a great insight to the brave men and women who deal with it daily and react to life threatening situations without hesitation.
The author's premise of "you can't be a hospital and a prison at the same time" is demonstrated with a story told in layman's terms and not the medical jargon that makes many of these type books hard to read. A good, hard to put down book that I highly recommend.
If this book interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.