Antioch, California, Author Publishes New Book

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This revealing book shares twenty-five years of providing placement and legal services in Contra Costa County's locked facilities

Social Worker on Steel a.k.a.The Steel Stories

These stories needed to be told

Social Worker on Steel a.k.a. The Steel Stories, a new book by Linda Locke, has been released by RoseDog Books.

Social Worker on Steel was named as Locke spent twenty-five years providing placement and legal services in Contra Costa County California’s Locked facilities. This included three jails, many locked facilities, hospitals in and out of the county, and Juvenile Hall. Placements could be in any licensed drug, alcohol, or mental health facility. She was limited in that most of her 29,998 clients were indigent. Some Contra Costa Public Defenders’ clients were guilty. The innocent were handled by the public defenders without intervention from her.

“These stories needed to be told,” Locke says, “as most of the poor are invisible.”

Linda Locke was born in an orphanage and adopted by Orval Locke, a pharmacist. She had several mothers. She worked for her father from age six as a soda jerk, clerk, and toy manager before she attended college. She wed a bipolar husband, whose suicide left her with two children and no close family. She was also a professional singer, choir director, assistant embalmer, EMT ambulance driver, substitute teacher, social worker, founder of the Contra Costa Food Bank, public defender placement officer, and social worker in the Delano Grape Strike assigned to Cesar Chavez. “These stories begged to be told,” she says.

Social Worker on Steel a.k.a. The Steel Stories is a 190-page paperback with a retail price of $19.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-9918-4. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at


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