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.
An uprising Wednesday night at Holmes Correctional was the latest in a rash of inmate disturbances across Florida. Prisons were bracing for nationwide protests Friday, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica riot.
The Miami Herald asked the Department of Corrections for records and videos on inmates and prison-based injuries, but the agency relied on broad exemptions in state law when shielding many of the documents from the record. An appeals court said the agency had a right to do that.
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.
Miami Beach State Rep. David Richardson concluded the pricing scheme approved by the Florida Department of Corrections resulted in at least $16 million in overcharges over the past seven years and was either the result of massive government ineptitude or a calculated fraud against taxpayers.