Man Alleges Horrific Abuse On Private Prison Van | ThinkProgress
Darren Richardson of Florida says he was urinated on and denied food during a 10-day trip in a private prison transport company’s van, after he was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign …
… “Mr. Richardson’s legs were purple from the knee down and his feet were black when he arrived at the Pike County Correctional Facility,” the complaint reads. But the nurse who tended to his injuries at the prison allegedly told him they “had seen much worse come off that bus.”
No offense, let alone rolling through a stop sign and an unpaid probation fee, should potentially cost you the use of your legs while in custody.
But others have fared worse on privatized prison transport vehicles. Burned alive. Raped. Robbed. Threatened with execution.
The cost savings of privatization are a big, fat lie. The cheapest way to provide a service to the public is for government entities to directly employ the fewest people possible, all with hands-on responsibilities.
It wouldn’t surprise me to to learn that the probation fines that Darren Richardson owed were the result of a yet another privatization scam.
If we don’t demand the end of privatized services, it’s almost guaranteed that each of us will know someone who’s been harmed or killed by a for-profit #RoughRide of one sort or another.
The third anniversary of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey, pictured below, being scalded to death by guards at Dade Correctional Institution is June 23rd. If it weren’t for determined inmates, particularly Harold Hempstead, we wouldn’t know about the externally-temperature controlled, closet-sized shower being used to kill Mr. Rainey and torture others … the privatized health care provider said nothing.
Update 3/23/17: Today, the Marshall Project published “Another Death on a For-Profit Extradition Vehicle: Federal officials promised last year to look into the mistreatment of detainees, but little has changed.” It tells of the in-custody, in-transit death of 29-year-old Kevin Eli, who was on being transported from Virginia to Florida to face charges for stealing a pearl necklace nine years earlier.
Eli died on the 7th, his family was notified on the 10th.
Please note Florida Congressman Ted Deutch’s comment within the Marshall Project’s article, “What’s so appalling is that there’s more care shown to furniture being delivered across state lines in this country than there is to humans.”
Eli’s death is of course relevant to Darren Richard’s harrowing privatized transport story, and it may well be relevant to Darren Rainey’s fatal shower death at Dade CI, where privatized healthcare didn’t save as many lives at it should. More will be known as soon as inmate/whistleblower Harold Hempstead – who fought for justice for Darren Rainey – is allowed to speak to his attorney and his family.
Harold was “Ghosted” from Florida to Tennessee on the 17th – St Patricks Day – and no one has heard from him since. That same day, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office issued a report stating that no charges would be filed against the officers who placed Darren Rainey in the shower on June 23, 2012. The state of Florida maintains, at every level, that the timing of Harold’s Ghosting and the timing of Darren Rainey’s official betrayal are a coincidence.
Harold’s sister posted this to Facebook minutes ago:
My brother Harold Hempstead remains missing we were told by T.D.O.C to follow some simple rules to turn on our phones for their inmates to call and we were told my brother would call last night.We complied and my brother did not call last night or today.Please pray my brother is ok and if you feel it in your heart please email [Florida Department of Corrections Secretary] Julie Jones and ask her to ask Tennessee to allow my brother to call his family her email address firstname.lastname@example.org