Maximum Insecurity

A Doctor in the Supermax

Non-Fiction - Memoir
256 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2014
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Author Biography

William Wright, M.D., currently Medical Director of the Cheyenne Mountain Re-entry Center, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. A private pilot, he is the holder of three black belts and instructor certifications in Tae Kwon Do and Aikido. He is a commercial artist ( and plays guitar poorly in his spare time.

He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Mollie, and a variable number of fur-bearing companions. Maximum Insecurity is a memoir of his past eight years as the physician in Colorado’s maximum security prison.

His second book, Jailhouse Doc, tells of his time as Medical Director at the El Paso Criminal Justice Center (the county jail). It will be published in September 2014.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

Walking into a facility where the doors are outside of your control, where you’re locked in small hallways with no way out, where your every move is viewed and recorded can be a terrifying experience. It’s all in a day’s work when you’re in a supermax facility. Maximum Insecurity will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about the life offenders lead in a supermax and what it’s like to work there as well. At times it’s terrifying and yet Dr. Wright is able to overcome it. This is his story about working in a prison and about growing as a person throughout the experience.

If you’ve never been to a prison (or even a jail) then this book is an excellent tool for understanding what life is really like inside those walls. As a doctor in a supermax, author William Wright is witness to everything that happens and all the offenders who spend time there. He has a lot of great insight and he’s able to share it with plenty of humor. I was extremely interested in what goes on in a supermax facility, being one of those few who’s never seen the inside of those walls for any reason (not even a tour or to visit someone). Maximum Insecurity is an excellent depiction of what working in a supermax facility is really like, with no holds barred. Dr. Wright is completely open and honest about how he feels being locked in the facility with offenders and working with them as well. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the prison system.