The Forgotten Floor: A New Chapter
August 2016 will mark ten years since CBS4 news cameras first exclusively entered the so-called “forgotten floor.”
It was the first of multiple visits CBS4 Chief Investigative Reporter Michele Gillen made to the 9th floor of the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center that captured the shocking conditions and treatment afforded the most vulnerable of mentally ill inmates. Public outrage followed but change was painfully and for some inmates, perilously slow. However, now a decade later, many of the advocates, community and judicial leaders who worked so hard for change, say it appears it is a new day in Miami-Dade County for mentally ill inmates in its jail.