Kudos to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Steve Leifman for being a tireless advocate for those with mental illness. Placing patients with mental illness, many of them veterans, in horrendous jail conditions is inhuman and degrades people who are already vulnerable.
Judge Leifman has found an alternative to help these patients — understanding, proper medication, therapy and training. I hope that they can one day live productively and with dignity.
By having a team operating out of the proposed facility, it’ll be easier for staff to follow up with these individuals when they’re released. All of us win with this approach.
Hildi R. Maine, Miami