Mentally ill Florida prisoner scalded to death.

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Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death – Miami-Dade –

“I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,” he screamed over and over, according to a grievance complaint from a fellow inmate, as Rainey was allegedly locked in a shower with the scalding water turned on full blast …

When guards finally checked on prisoner 060954, he was on his back and dead. His skin was so burned that it had shriveled from his body, a condition referred to as slippage, according to a medical document involving the death …

As for the video camera in the shower area, the inspector general’s report noted that it malfunctioned right after Clarke put Rainey in the shower.

via Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death – Miami-Dade –




The Miami Herald doesn’t seem to want anyone to read their story: this wasn’t the “unexplained death” their headline claimed; this was one of the most horrific of homicides imaginable.

Please do read the story about Darren Rainey’s murder, because there’s a suicide story with a twist within it – before taking his own life, Richard Mair tucked a note into his underwear detailing the abuses – including sexual abuses – that were going on. Mair wrote:

Life sucks and then you die, but just before I go, I’m going to expose everyone for who and what they are.


And there’s a story about heroic prisoners like Harold Hempstead, who are still fighting for justice for Rainey.

Apparently, Governor Rick Scott was satisfied with the inspector general’s report, despite it being written prior to receiving an autopsy report.

Scott’s disinterest in Floridians whose deaths were premature and preventable may well be across the board … please see previous posts about Charlene Dill, a hardworking young mother whose death was attributable to Scott’s refusal to accept federal Medicaid Expansion money.

Eric Holder could ensure that Darren Rainey and Richard Mair rest in peace by addressing the violent violations of their inherent rights.


Holder seldom seems to get past that word.

Please note that Tampa Bay Times reporting conflicts with Miami Herald reporting (the former says Rainey was 47-years-old, the latter says 50), and provides additional information on Rainey’s sentence being just two years for drug possession, as well as providing a reason why Rainey may have acting out – privatized mental health care is likely as prone to substandard practices as other privatizations have proven to be:

Corizon already has a state contract to provide mental health care to inmates in South Florida. An inmate at Dade Correctional Institution in Miami, Darren Rainey, 47, died June 23, and prison officials have declined to discuss the circumstances, saying the death is under investigation.

Rainey was serving a two-year sentence for cocaine possession in Pinellas County.



About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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15 Responses to Mentally ill Florida prisoner scalded to death.

  1. Camille Tilley says:

    Thanks for sending this, which I’ve shared and sent to Radley Balko, and the Prison Legal News owners, Alex Friedman and Paul Wright (who I believe are in FL).

    This is horrific and I’m sure the tip of the iceberg of what’s being done to the mentally ill and others. To think he was only in for two years — and was essentially sentenced to death!

    Sent from my iPad


    • I’m always grateful for your assistance, Camille, particularly on matters as grotesque as this one. It helps to think that someone with superior skills and resources may followup and find out if Florida did the right thing, or just treated the homicide as business as usual. I keep wondering if Mr. Rainey had family who have no choice but to live with visions of “slippage.” Again, my thanks.


  2. Heinz Leitner says:

    Thanks for the information. I shared it with my friends in Europe, Canada, and the USA. We must not allow Florida to sweep this atrocity under the rug. Cripsolidarity Austria


    • I deeply appreciate your sharing the information with your friends, Heinz; I can see from my site stats that some have already visited. Thanks for all that you do! Cripsolidarity America


  3. Pingback: Did “AP exclusive” exclude info on deaths of mentally ill inmates? | Wobbly Warrior's Blog

  4. Caleb Gee says:

    Reblogged this on United States Hypocrisy and commented:
    An inmate in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, Darren Rainey, was locked inside a shower and burned to death while other inmates heard him desperately crying out for help. Inspectors have ruled that the death was an accident, but some are questioning whether or not this is just a cover-up.


  5. Reblogged this on The CEO's Blog and commented:
    This is unbelieveable!


  6. safiyyahyasmin says:

    Thank you for bringing attention to this shameful and disgusting abuse of authority.


  7. I also posted this comment on Susan’s piece entitled, “Did AP exclusive” exclude info on deaths of mentally ill inmates?” Good work Susan!

    Unfortunately, prisons nationwide have become repositories for the mentally ill. I’m George Mallinckrodt, a psychotherapist and the only former staffer at Dade CI to come forward publicly about the egregious behavior of guards in the psychiatric unit called the Transitional Care Unit. As a result of the stories broken by the Miami Herald’s Julie Brown, it is comforting to know I’m not alone anymore in bringing the abuse, beating, torture, and murder of inmates to the attention of the public. Almost two years ago, after I answered my phone with a typical “Hello,” my former coworker blurted out, “They killed him!” Ever since, I’ve been trying to get people to pay attention to the murder of Darren Rainey. I contacted the FDLE, FBI, Miami Metro Homicide, and the ME’s office to no avail. When Julie broke the story Sunday, May 18, 2014, there was no doubt in my mind that I would come forward. I may not have been able to change much when I was working in prison, but now it appears I have been more successful on the outside. I’ve got to give the inmate, Harold Hempstead, a massive amount of credit in coming forward as he did. As we all know now, really bad things happen to men in prison.

    The complaint I lodged with the Dept. of Justice in DC may now receive the attention it deserves. No doubt one of thousands of complaints filed every year, perhaps as a result of recent publicity, it may move up a bit in the line. Of course, I’d like to see it go straight to the top.



  8. Again, my thanks for your courage, sir. I, too, hope that your Department of Justice complaint goes straight to the top. I would love to see Darren Rainey’s murder be the turning point in prison management.


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