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Ward Two West by David Isay

Ward Two West

by David Isay

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Running Time
27 Min.


Ward Two-West presents an honest and direct profile of 26 men, all found "not guilty by reason of insanity," all incarcerated at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, a hospital for the criminally insane located on Ward's Island near Manhattan. Ward Two-West houses a group of men who have committed some of the most notorious and gruesome crimes in New York City history. Are people who are capable of committing monstrous acts of cruelty monsters themselves? Producer David Isay spent one week, day and night, with the men of Ward Two-West to better understand the circumstances behind such extreme criminal behavior. Isay found that nearly every patient at Kirby had lived a life of almost unspeakable physical and mental abuse before committing his own crime. The sensitive portraits that emerge from this documentary present disturbed men whose personal suffering cannot be denied, and offer the hauntingly human voices of a group of men that we would all rather forget.

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