Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The forgotten floor

Miami's CBS station broadcast a two-part news series spurred by Pete Earley's book Crazy. The jail psychiatrist calls conditions in the Miami-Dade jail "morally incomprehensible" for inmates with severe mental illnesses. Miami Judge Steven Leifman is outraged.

“There are five times as many people in our jail with mental illness than any psychiatric hospital in Florida,” pointed out Judge Leifman. “Five times, right here.” ...

Judge Leifman said, “It’s a tough place. It’s not a great condition for anybody that is sick because it is not conducive for treatment. People with mental illness stay in jail eight times longer than sometime without mental illness for the exact same charge and it cost the taxpayers seven times more to treat him here. It doesn’t really accomplish anything here. It’s a warehouse.”

Watch part 1 and part 2 on the website, or read the transcripts.

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