Two Florida corrections officers have been arrested after allegedly spraying an inmate in the face with chemicals and locking him in a supply closet, still covered in toxic residue as he begged to be let out, documents show.
Thousands of Florida prison inmates who have hepatitis C are not getting adequate medication and treatment — leaving them at risk for liver failure, liver cancer and death, according to a lawsuit filed against the Florida Department of Corrections.
Two forensic pathologists who examined photos leaked to the Miami Herald say it appears Darren Rainey suffered burns while locked in a prison shower for more than 90 minutes. Prosecutors cited an absence of burns when deciding not to charge guards in his death.
Paramedics who arrived after a gruesome prison death said Darren Rainey had burns over 30 percent of his body. A separate prison report described specific burns up and down his body. But a final autopsy found no burns. The county refuses to allow access to pivotal evidence.
After a month of demanding answers from a privately run state prison in North Florida but seeing only modest results and inmate retaliation, state Rep. David Richardson is asking the governor to step in and take control.
In a 2015 interview with the Miami Herald, Harold Hempstead — the whistleblower inmate now banished to Tennessee — said detectives seemed bent on finding no wrongdoing in the case of Darren Rainey, a mentally ill inmate who died in a shower at Dade Correctional Institution.
More than four years after the death of Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic inmate who collapsed while locked in a makeshift shower for nearly two hours, prosecutors determined that no crime was committed and that six inmates who said he begged to be let out were not credible.
Exchange for Change, a Miami nonprofit that teaches inmates how to write essays, poetry and short stories, will showcase the inmates’ work at the Miami-Dade Main Library on Saturday. Former inmates and family members of current inmates will read the works.
Melinda Miguel and other members of a state board overseeing the government of Opa-locka’s financial problems were met with constant resistance and sometimes hostility by Mayor Myra Taylor and other commissioners.
Florida corrections officers, who work in one of the most dangerous and overcrowded prison systems in the country, would get a base pay — for the first time in a decade — under Gov. Rick Scott’s budget to be unveiled next week.