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Out With the Old Jail, In With a New Mental Health Center
Miami is turning one of its abandoned jails into a first-of-its-kind mental health treatment center. (Photos by David Kidd)
Closed since 2007, an old Miami jail is being converted into a model mental health facility. (Photos by David Kidd)
When work on the 180,000-square-foot building is finished, it will be a central piece in a comprehensive system of treatment.
Plans call for a triage area, a central receiving room and a crisis unit for people who need treatment immediately.
An old guard station.
The kitchen looks much like it did the day the jail closed.
Keys still hang where they were left.
This cell has been unoccupied for several years.
A poster explained “Restoration to Competency” to prisoners.
A courtroom is planned where judges can do bond hearings so mentally ill people who get arrested on misdemeanors can get out and get treatment.
It's hoped that the new facility will include a primary health unit. The remnants of the jail’s medical treatment area are still here.
A short-term residential program is also planned for the former jail.
This was the library.
Prisoners once filled this courtyard.
When the repurposing of the jail to a diversion facility is complete, it will be the first of its kind in the country.
Concertina wire still rings the former jail.
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