Daniel Geiger survived Dade Correctional Institution’s notorious scalding shower only to die under suspicious circumstances, severely underweight, at Lake Correctional Institution on November 7, 2016. Daniel would have turned 41 today.
Darren Rainey died in Dade Correctional Institution’s externally controlled scalding shower on June 23, 2012 at age 50. Inmate whistleblowers Harold Hempstead, Mark Joiner and others sought justice for him – unsuccessfully.
According to inmate whistleblower Harold Hempstead (a/k/a Caged Crusader, Miami Harold), Daniel Geiger was the first inmate to experience the 160 degree or higher shower rigged for punitive purposes at Dade Correctional Institution.
Daniel survived the shower, unlike Darren Rainey, but died under suspicious circumstances at Lake Correctional Institution on November 7, 2016.
The Florida Department of Corrections shows Daniel’s “Manner of Death” as pending, under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Daniel’s mother has been told that the investigation is over, and has this to so say about the information she received:
The report did not mention Daniels’ death because the FDOC does not want the public to know they denied our son medical intervention at a hospital… Nor does the FDOC want the true facts that staff deliberrately gave Daniel risperdone and haladol knowing he was fatally allergic to both of these medications. Nor does the FDOC want the truth known that their staff provided the quart size plastic bag for him to choke to death on..IS NOT AN ACCIDENT AS THE CORONER WROTE. Serves only to create false findings and then for the FDLE to tell us there will not be anyone held accountable. Not how justice works.
It’s unlikely that a single day passes by without a suspicious in-custody death in the Sunshine State. Many, including Daniel, die suspiciously underweight, substantiating a second torture tactic – starvation – revealed by the Caged Crusader to the media, Florida’s Chief Inspector General, the US Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and a host of other entities … governmental, non-governmental, media.
There were other inmates aside from Harold Hempstead who stepped up for Darren Rainey as well as Daniel Geiger and the other shower survivors; inmate Mark Joiner was very vocal, too. I fear for his safety since Harold was Ghosted to Tennessee – there’s safety in numbers, even small numbers.
Harold was Ghosted in the early morning hours of Marcy 17th, the same day Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s released her fiction-based “close out” report on Darren Rainey’s death. I don’t know what’s happened to Mark Joiner … the Florida Department of Corrections online database shows him being in two places at once, a feat that’s not possible for a live person, but doable for a dead person.
Rundle’s ridiculous report went so far as to claim that Daniel Geiger is still alive.
At Lake Correctional Institution, two more inmates died young last month – Bonnell Azemar and Jose Villegas.
No Florida lockup is safe because Rick Scott is our Governor.
Scott selected Julie Jones to lead the Florida Department of Corrections knowing that the major controversies of her leadership at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor vehicles were constitutional issues, and remain unresolved. The department’s database – D.A.V.I.D. – was being so abused that it earned the alias Facebook for Cops. And Jones gave nothing but unsatisfactory answers regarding the use of Stingray type surveillance technologies being deployed against ordinary Floridians.
Scott selected Jones for FDC Secretary not for ability to manage, but for her ability to cover up mismanagement and tell tall tales to the media, who will publish her comments without checking their truthfulness about inmates, just as they did when she commented about surveillance. The death toll will keep mounting until the FBI and Department of Justice get serious about protecting Floridians. Failure to Keep From Harm is a federal crime, and it’s high time for hundreds of Florida public servants to be prosecuted.
Florida absolutely sucks at finding the right people to prosecute: innocents have been framed with dirty tricks for decades – coached jailhouse informants, phony expert witnesses, altered reports, witness intimidation, failure to disclose exculpatory evidence, etc. … we likely top the charts in incarcerated innocents. To make matters worse, Florida considers homelessness a crime, as well as mental illness. Florida will lock you up for life for stealing a candy bar – it imposed several life sentences on Harold Hempstead for non-violent crimes, most of them the product of police and prosecutors’ imaginations.
Floridians can’t afford this chaos. We need cash on hand to be able to pay corrections personnel top wages, so that we only attract highly professional people. I suspect that starting wages for a 40-hour week could affordably be $50,000 per year or higher for C.O.’s if we didn’t frame innocents, persecute the mentally ill and/or homeless, over-sentence all the actually guilty, then top off those injustices by hiring and retaining thugs that will cause inmates to die too young, under suspicious circumstances, warranting the expense of pretend investigations and reports, and often resulting in successful wrongful death suits. Until Floridians can get the FBI and DoJ to do their jobs and prosecute Failure to Keep From Harm, we can start voting out State Attorneys like Katherine Fernandez Rundle, who protect public servants that harm private citizens.
Jose Villegas’ March 28, 2017 death at Lake Correctional Instituion is under investigation by the FLDE. Jose was 39.
Bonnell Azemar’s March 16, 2017 death at Lake Correctional Institution is under investigation by the FDLE. Bonnell was 42.