The forgotten floor
Watch part 1 and part 2 on the website, or read the transcripts.
“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.”