Judge Steve Leifman
Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman, who has long led efforts to change the way the legal system handles people with mental illnesses, was honored this week with the newly established Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence.
They are cells stained with secrets of decades past ,of muffled screams and broken dreams.
For nearly a decade CBS4 News has been telling viewers of Miami-Dade County jail’s “Forgotten Floor.” It’s a facility where the mentally ill inmates are warehoused on steel beds, concrete floors, cowering naked in their cells.
The entire half hour of this week’s “Focus on South Florida” showcases the latest developments in CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen’s expose of the 9th floor of the Dade County jail, the so-called “forgotten floor”, where inmates suffering from mental illness are housed.
There is heightened scrutiny over the Miami-Dade jail and the treatment of inmates in facilities across the county.
A South Florida soldier battling post-traumatic stress disorder whose struggles were previously profiled by CBS4 News has taken his own life.