Mentally ill FL inmate scalded to death: psychotherapist George Mallinckrodt’s book available soon

Getting Away With Murder - Final
——A word about the cover——

Darren Rainey was murdered. Darren Rainey’s spirit is not at rest. His presence on the cover is a grim reminder there is much to do in the area of prison reform and the treatment of the mentally ill. He died horrifically at the hands of sadistic guards in the psychiatric ward at the Dade Correctional Institution located in Florida City, Florida.

George Mallinckrodt
 

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke 

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George Mallinckrodt’s book is due out August 1st, and I will purchase a copy just to have possession of the cover image of Darren Rainey.
I am trusting the startling graphics to indelibly etch it upon Floridians’ minds that our prisons are in free fall under Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews leadership … the buck – and the violence – stops nowhere, which has further clarified Governor Rick Scott’s contentment with the continuation of any inhumanity or injustice so long as serves to unduly enrich the already rich.
Mentally ill Darren Rainey was serving a two year sentence for drug possession. Corizon mental health care workers at Dade Correctional Institution, including psychotherapist George Mallinckrodt, had alerted their supervisors to ongoing abuses of inmates. Had Corizon cared about anything but profits, not only would Darren Rainey still be alive, so would Richard Mair.
Before committing suicide over conditions he could no longer endure, Mair tucked a note into his underwear detailing the criminally insane behaviors of the corrections officers.
US Attorney General Eric Holder should have read Mair’s note aloud at a press conference, afterwards announcing that his office would be: 1) supporting the whistleblower suit filed by four Florida Department of Corrections investigators; 2) investigating not only the ten suspicious deaths that have been admitted to, but every other allegation of abuse and violence that his office has already received, or will receive as a result of his announcement, 3) investigating Corizon and other privatized providers for additional confirmed incidences of negligence contributing to or causing injury or death, 4) investigating Michael Crews’ office as well as Rick Scott’s.
Holder has absolutely no reason to believe that Florida – under Rick Scott’s leadership – will diligently investigate anything but additional opportunities for building their own wealth while pretending to serve the public. Holder’s other business with Scott includes the ongoing incarceration of known innocents, Scott’s “blind trust” profits from projects that defy Floridians best interests, and Florida’s disgusting return to Jim Crow days via political gaming, including redistricting to favor Republicans and the destruction of Charlie Crist’s semi-automated felon rights restoration program – making it nearly impossible for even a non-violent, first time offender to ever vote again.
Just like me and thousands of other Floridians who pay taxes to be served and protected, George Mallinckrodt was dragged into the depths of Florida’s deadly corruption while minding his own business. Purchasing Getting Away With Murder is a show of support for being able to mind your own business without having to let anyone get away with murder … a show of support for government by and for the people, not government by and for the predators.
Darren Rainey was deliberately scalded to death in a shower. His skin had begun to fall off his body. Another inmate was forced to collect skin remnants from the shower and a stairwell, tuck them into a shoe, and dispose of them. It has been over two years since the homicide, and nothing has transpired except excuse making on public servants’ part, and escalating bravery on inmates’ part to get Darren Rainey’s story told.
Please keep the cover image in your mind … I will post information on purchasing as it becomes available.
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UN experts: City of Detroit violating human right to water

Detroit: Disconnecting water from people who cannot pay – an affront to human rights, say UN experts

GENEVA 25 June 2014 – Three UN experts* on the human rights to water and sanitation, adequate housing, and extreme poverty and human rights expressed concern Wednesday about reports of widespread water disconnections in the US city of Detroit of households unable to pay water bills. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” the experts said.

“Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying. In other words, when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections,” said Catarina de Albuquerque, the expert on the human right to water and sanitation.

The experts have been informed that a large-scale water shut-off for non-payment is happening in the City of Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been disconnecting water services from households which have not paid bills for two months, and has accelerated the process since early June, with the number of disconnections rising to around 3,000 customers per week. As a result, some 30,000 households are expected to be disconnected from water services over the next few months.

Because of a high poverty rate and a high unemployment rate, relatively expensive water bills in Detroit are unaffordable for a significant portion of the population.

Leilani Farha, the expert on the right to adequate housing, expressed concern that children are being removed by social services from their families and homes because, without access to water, their housing is no longer considered adequate. “If these water disconnections disproportionately affect African Americans they may be discriminatory, in violation of treaties the US has ratified,” Farha added.

“When I conducted an official country mission to the US in 2011, I encouraged the US Government to adopt a federal minimum standard on affordability for water and sanitation and a standard to provide protection against disconnections for vulnerable groups and people living in poverty. I also urged the Government to ensure due process guarantees in relation to water disconnection,” said de Albuquerque, renewing her call to the federal Government to take action.  According to international human rights law, it is the State’s obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation. “The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected,” the experts said.

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*The experts: the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque.

Leilani Farha is the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context. She was appointed in 2014. Ms. Farha is the Executive Director of the NGO Canada Without Poverty, based in Ottawa, Canada. A lawyer by training, for the past 20 years Ms. Farha has worked both internationally and domestically on the implementation of the right to adequate housing for the most marginalized groups, including on housing issues as the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation CERA. Learn more, log on to:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/HousingIndex.aspxPhilip Alston is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He was appointed in 2014 and is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University.  Mr. Alston has served the UN in several capacities including as UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Independent International Commission on Kyrgyzstan, Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals, chairperson and rapporteur of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and UNICEF’s Senior Legal Adviser on children’s rights. Learn more, log on to:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/SRExtremePovertyIndex.aspx

Catarina de Albuquerque is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation. She was appointed by the Human Rights Council in 2008. Ms. de Albuquerque is a Professor at the Law Faculties of the Universities of Braga, Coimbra and of the American University’s Washington College of Law. She is a senior legal advisor at the Prosecutor General’s Office. Learn more, log on to:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/WaterAndSanitation/SRWater/Pages/SRWaterIndex.aspx

For more information and press enquiries, please contact Madoka Saji +41 22 917 9107 / msaji@ohchr.org or write to srwatsan@ohchr.org.

via DisplayNews.

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For more on the willful destruction of Detroit, please Truthout’s news analysis.

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Reprieve: Jettisoning due process resulted in another botched execution.


Reprieve 001 929 258 2754  For immediate release: Wed July 23, 2014

Arizona inmate takes two hours to die in botched execution using experimental two-drug cocktail

 

The state of Arizona today took one hour and 57 minutes to kill a prisoner in a botched execution, which was carried out using the same combination of drugs as those used in the botched execution of an Ohio prisoner earlier this year.

Joseph Wood, 55, was eventually pronounced dead at 3.49pm local time after he had been seen ‘gasping and snorting’ over an hour into his execution, according to an emergency stay filed mid-execution by his lawyers as they saw what was happening.

Wood was executed using the drugs Midazolam and Hydromorphone, a combination that has been used only once before in an execution that also went badly wrong in Ohio in January. Dennis McGuire was seen struggling and gasping for breath during an execution that took over 25 minutes. 

The botched execution of Wood follows that of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in April. Both states insisted on conducting the executions behind a veil of secrecy, refusing to name the manufacturers of the drugs or provide critical details which could have helped assure their quality.

Like Lockett, Wood had received a stay just moments prior to the execution so that the court could consider the issue of the experimental drugs. However that stay was then lifted and Wood’s execution began at 1.52pm local time. 

There are just a handful of manufacturers of both Midazolam and Hydromorphone which do not yet have comprehensive distribution controls in place to ensure their medicines are used to improve and save the lives of patients, and are not sold to prisons to end the lives of prisoners in potentially torturous executions.  International human rights NGO Reprieve has worked extensively with pharmaceutical companies, the majority of which have taken steps to protect their medicines from abuse in executions like this one.

Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve’s Death Penalty Team, said: “The State of Arizona had every reason to believe that this procedure would not go smoothly; the experimental execution ‘cocktail’ had only been used once before, and that execution too was terribly botched. Despite the evidence, the state pushed ahead, jettisoning due process and cloaking the procedure in secrecy. The result was an exercise in torture. No one in the medical profession or industry wants anything to do with executions. Manufacturers and medics have long protested the abuse of medicines (which are designed to save lives) in executions designed to end them. How many more botched executions must we witness before states finally take heed?”

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  1. For further information, please contact Clemency Wells: 001 929 258 2754 /clemency.wells@reprieve.org.uk

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Cloudy Germany trusts solar; sunny Florida “blind trusts” natural gas

Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed – Florida – MiamiHerald.com

“The Legislature makes it easy for officials to get away with conflicts of interest through loopholes in the ethics code,” said Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, the nonpartisan research institute and government watchdog group. “Corruption has been institutionalized in Florida with flawed policies like blind trusts and political appointees issuing advisory opinions on what’s ethical.”

The governor, the Senate president and the House speaker appoint the members of Florida’s Commission on Ethics.

via Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed – Florida – MiamiHerald.com.

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Germany has dramatically reduced its reliance on un-renewable energy.

Just as dramatically, Florida has increased its reliance on un-renewable energy.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Don Gaetz, House Speaker Will Weatherford, Senator Joe Negron, Representative Larry Lee and Chief Financial OfficerJeff Atwater refuse to represent me, on a continual basis, i.e.; all of them maintained that when state run, state subsidized Citizens Property Insurance claimed that 90 days was far less than 90 days in order to keep money they didn’t earn, that Citizens should get away with doing so.

On a related note, they all reserve some non-existent right to remain silent on unlawful Florida foreclosures resulting from Forced Placed Insurance.

I’ve hardly been silent about what all they’re up to in dragging Florida backwards, including making Florida THE most Jim Crow state in the nation between unconscionable redistricting and destroying Charlie Crist’s felon rights restoration program, making sure that non-violent, first time offenders have a slim-to-none chance at ever voting again.

And then there’s conviction corruption that keeps known innocents inside, and killers on our streets, and prisons so freakishly manned that even an 18 month sentence could kill you. Rick Scott’s got fingers in the prison privatization pie, too, with his affection for GEO Group and his failure to act against Corizon for their role in the killing of a man serving a two year sentence.

Tallahassee’s Culture of Corruption is flourishing, nourishing only those who are already overfed. Their rips-offs aren’t garden variety thuggery, “Your money, or your life.” Their rip-offs are instead a superweed, “Your money, and your life.”

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FL mentally ill inmate scalded to death: Help crush the coverup!

Emails show cover-up of Miami-Dade prison inmate’s scalding death started early – Florida – MiamiHerald.com

… on Monday, Gov. Rick Scott gave his first comment on the issue, saying that the Miami-Dade Police Department’s investigation into Rainey’s death had “taken a long time.” The governor, however, sidestepped questions about why the two guards accused of killing Rainey were allowed to continue to work at the prison after Rainey’s death.

Rainey, 50, was serving a two-year sentence for drug possession. He suffered from severe mental illness and was housed in DCI’s psych unit. Prison officials admit that he was forced into the shower the night of June 23, 2012, and left in the small stall for almost two hours.

via Emails show cover-up of Miami-Dade prison inmate’s scalding death started early – Florida – MiamiHerald.com.

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Inmates are not paid to protect and serve each other. But often they do … to the point of endangering their own lives by refusing to let guards get away with homicide, and to the point of blowing the whistle, post mortem, like Richard Mair managed to do.

From an earlier Miami Herald article about Dade Correctional Institution’s mental health unit:

In September, another inmate was found dead inside his cell. Richard Mair, 40, hanged himself from an air conditioning vent.

According to the police report, Mair left a suicide note in his boxer shorts claiming he and other prisoners were sexually and physically abused on a routine basis by guards.

From another Miami Herald article:

Mair, serving time for murder, left a note alleging a litany of cruel acts and punishments inflicted upon the mentally-ill prisoners by the prison’s corrections staff, including forcing inmates to fight each other in the yard for the entertainment of guards and making them perform sex acts. Mair’s note cited specific alleged events and named officers.

The DOC has not yet provided the Herald with a response to its request as to whether the agency ever investigated the allegations in Mair’s suicide note. The note is not mentioned in the DOC inspector general’s report on his death.

I personally know why and how Florida’s justice system and corrections system became pissed off at Richard Mair.

And until this story is told in full, nothing – and I do mean nothing – should happen to anyone who knows of Richard Mair’s previous heroism.

Not one inmate who knows what I know should face even a moment’s grief. Not a tossed cell. Not a phony Discipline Report and subsequent solitary confinement. Not discarded writing materials. Not discarded legal documents. Not disrupted phone calls. Not a single day’s delay in receiving mail. Not “skipped” trays. Not an attack by other prisoners arranged by guards. Not a violent make-believe “response” to behaviors that didn’t happen. Not a denied sick call. Not withheld medications. Not a sudden transfer to be among inmates who don’t know what’s going on, and therefore won’t step up if any of the preceding, run-of-the-mill guard-on-prisoner abuse goes down.

There IS a Florida DoC Culture of Corruption – it is part and parcel of Florida’s overall Culture of Corruption, which Rick Scott facilitates, with assistance from Florida’s Legislature and Supreme Court. Knowing what occurred at Dade Correctional Institution on Corizon’s watch didn’t get Rick Scott off the highly-profitable-for-politicians privatization bus.

For the protection of the living, please sign these two petitions for the dead. Demand justice for Darren Rainey, and you just may play a key role in securing justice for all Floridians, most of whom aren’t aware that justice isn’t available until the very moment they need it. Please share this post widely, so that others can sign both petitions. Thank you.

https://www.change.org/petitions/dade-correctional-institution-i-want-dade-county-to-arrest-these-guards-for-murdering-darren-rainey-instead-of-just-restraining-him

https://www.change.org/petitions/attorney-general-eric-holder-investigate-the-2012-death-of-mr-darren-rainey-a-mentally-ill-florida-prisoner-who-died-after-prison-guards-locked-him-into-a-180-degree-shower?recruiter=130676905&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

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@FLGovScott still FOR prison privatization, despite inmate and detainee abuses

Florida Gov. Rakes in Campaign Cash From CEO Who Makes Millions Locking Up Immigrants | Mother Jones

In 2012, members of Congress demanded that ICE investigate the Broward facility after reports the center was holding people who should have been released and that it was not providing adequate medical care to the detainees. An investigation last year by Americans for Immigrant Justice also found credible reports of detainees suffering food poisoning from being served rotten food. The group noted instances of sexual assault among detainees and inadequate mental health care that may have contributed to at least three suicide attempts. Detainees also reported being forced to work for $1 a day and to pay $3 a minute for phone calls.

via Florida Gov. Rakes in Campaign Cash From CEO Who Makes Millions Locking Up Immigrants | Mother Jones.

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Ten Florida inmate deaths are under investigation, with one resulting from  Corizon’s failure to heed their privatized health care workers’ warnings on ongoing inmate abuse at Dade Correctional Facility.

That’s where Darren Rainey was scalded to death by guards, with evidence of a coverup growing.

[Note: if the link to the Mother Jones story above won't open, try this link instead: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/fundraiser-rick-scott-florida-geo-group]

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Reprieve continues struggle for Sunshine on UK’s role in renditions

Reprieve +44 (0) 207 553 8166    For immediate release: Mon July 21, 2014

Libyan renditions case in court as UK ‘lobbies for secrecy’ in key torture report
 
The case brought by a husband and wife subjected to a 2004 ‘rendition,’ jointly organised by MI6, the CIA and Libyan intelligence, is being heard today by the Court of Appeal in London.
 
Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, an anti-Gaddafi dissident, and his wife Fatima Boudchar, who was five months pregnant at the time, were kidnapped and flown to Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons in 2004, where Mr Belhaj then suffered years of imprisonment and torture. En route to Libya the couple were first tortured at a CIA ‘black site’ in Bangkok. These renditions to Libya are generally thought to have been the dark underside to the so-called “deal in the desert” struck between Tony Blair and Gaddafi in 2004 – the infamous meeting in which Blair embraced Gaddafi in a tent took place the same month as this operation.
 
However, lawyers for the Government are continuing to argue that the case should not be heard as to do so could damage relations with the US.  Legal charity Reprieve, which represents Mr Belhaj and Ms Boudchar with solicitors Leigh Day, has argued that such a position is undermined by indications that the UK is seeking to influence the content of a US Senate report on CIA renditions, which is expected to be made public later this year.
 
The UK’s role in the operation emerged in documents found following the fall of Gaddafi in 2011, which showed MI6′s head of counterterrorism, Sir Mark Allen, congratulating the dictator’s spy chief on the arrival of the couple. The same documents also indicated that the CIA planned to fly them via the UK territory of Diego Garcia – however, ministers have refused to say whether the CIA made this request of British officials, and if so, what the answer was. Other documents in the cache reveal Sir Mark Allen arranging the meeting with Tony Blair for later in the month, indicating the UK’s preference for a “tent”.
 
It is believed that both the role of Diego Garcia in the wider renditions programme and the case of Mr Belhaj and Ms Boudchar are likely to appear in the so-far secret Senate report.  Ministers have admitted to Parliament that “our embassy in Washington has met with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss its work, including in relation to the detention and interrogation program.”
 
This admission has raised suspicions, given press reports from the US that the “CIA must hold delicate consultations with foreign intelligence services whose information or involvement in the detention and interrogation program…is covered in the report.”
 
Cori Crider, strategic director at Reprieve said: “The UK government is desperately trying to make sure its role in the Belhaj-Boudchar renditions never sees the light of day.  Today they are trying to have the couple’s case kicked out of court in London – and meanwhile in Washington, they have apparently been lobbying the United States behind the scenes to be sure this whole sordid story gets blacked out of the Senate’s forthcoming torture report.  The Prime Minister was once fond of saying ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’ – is this really what he had in mind?”
 
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Notes to editors
 
1. For further information, please contact Donald Campbell: +44 (0) 207 553 8166 /donald.campbell@reprieve.org.uk
 
2. The statement relating to UK meetings with the Senate Committee concerning its report was made by FCO minister Hugh Robertson on 9 June 2014, and can be foundhere.
 
3. For the report on the declassification process, see ‘Senate ‘torture report’ stuck in declassification process,’ Miami Herald, 8 May 2014.

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