Michelle Mata wants to be treated the way you would want your mom to be treated.
She’s an aunt, and a neighbor. She likes line dancing. And she suffers from major depressive disorder with psychotic features.
When people like Michelle have a mental health crisis, people often call the cops. The situations are scary and frustrating for everyone involved. The police often don't know how to interact with those in a crisis and those suffering from a crisis are terrified that the police may use excessive force.
But things are getting better.
Florida, the state that gave us George Bush's first term, Creed, George Zimmerman and death metal, also headquarters the second largest for-profit prison company in the United States, GEO Group. Since opening in 1984, the operation has expanded to 98 facilities throughout the United States. Along the way, GEO Group has developed a reputation for mismanagement, human rights abuses and an insatiable appetite for maximizing profits.
Brave New Films, partnering with the ACLU and The Nation, profiled GEO Group in their short video, “Mistreating People + Lobbying = More Money,” part of their Beyond Bars series.