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After attacks and a killing, fear stalks Napa State Hospital

The New York Times, December 17, 2010

Napa State Hospital, a 135-year-old facility for the mentally ill, sprawls over hundreds of acres in wine country, its grounds dotted with palm, oak and redwood trees.

Employees of Napa State Hospital and others at a memorial for Donna Gross, a psychiatric technician killed on the grounds.

But in this pastoral setting, an epidemic of violence has scared staff members and patients, leading state legislators to call for emergency financing to help make the hospital safe.

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