A group of people huddled in the Comfort Inn in Florida City as Hurricane Andrew destroyed their surroundings. Here is a look back at the day the storm struck South Miami-Dade, from the archives in 1992.
In the 25 years since it was devastated by Hurricane Andrew, South Miami-Dade has undergone a dramatic transformation from a rural and semi-rural landscape to sprawling suburbia, but improvement has been uneven and unequal — and the region is facing transportation woes and renewed development pressures.
Florida prisons, in the throes of a rare statewide lockdown due to threats of violence, remained tense overnight. There were incidents at two compounds in North Florida and a spokeswoman said ‘some inmates aren’t happy.’
Amid social media planning for a human rights protest in Washington, the Florida Department of Corrections has placed all prisons on lockdown in addition to the ban on visitation this weekend that was announced Wednesday.
The Florida Department of Corrections says it has received ‘credible intelligence’ that inmates are planning disturbances this weekend to coincide with a prisoners’ rights march in Washington. And so, they are canceling all visitation.
State Rep. David Richardson’s one-man mission to audit Florida’s prisons took him on a vigil he didn’t expect: Monitoring the department’s failure to supply toilet paper and other hygiene products to inmates.
A storm knocked out the water pump at Lowell Correctional on Saturday, leaving the nation’s largest women’s prison without running water. The state says it’s dispensing water but inmates say they’re not getting enough to drink.
Relatives of Darren Rainey want a federal court to order the Miami-Dade medical examiner to hand over a ‘re-cut’ of his skin tissue, believing it could prove that Florida corrections officers meant to harm him when they locked him in a hot shower for nearly two hours.
Miami-Dade Democrats, in a rebuke to a member of their own party, called on the state attorney to resign over her handling of the death of Darren Rainey, who collapsed while locked in a shower in the mental health unit at Dade Correctional Institution.
Protesters waved signs and expressed their anger with the state attorney for her decision to charge no one in the death of inmate Darren Rainey, whose outer layer of skin was stripped from his body while locked in a hot shower for more than 90 minutes.