Five years ago today, Darren Rainey was scalded to death in a locked shower at Dade Correctional Institution. The shower had previously been used by corrections officers on other mentally ill inmates to quiet them down.
Nothing is more quiet than death. Darren was 50.
Last month, another 50-year-old died at Dade Correctional Institution – Anthony Ruffin. He was 6’5″ and weighed 179 pounds. Anthony’s death is under investigation, and so are slews of other deaths at Dade CI.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle was recently caught public misrepresenting not only the facts of Darren Rainey’s case, but the entirety of her many terms of office.
Only the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee has called for her resignation.
The Miami-Dade DEC speaks only for itself, not the Democratic party, and has no authority to remove anyone from office. Still, they’re to be commended for their gesture. They did something.
By contrast, Governor Rick Scott, the FBI and Department of Justice have done nothing, although their knowledge of the harm done by Rundle protecting public servants ahead of the public throughout her many terms of office is voluminous, and although they are required by law to act to bring Rundle to justice.
We would know little or nothing of Darren Rainey’s or other inmates horrific deaths if it wasn’t for whistleblower inmates who risked their lives to get the media’s attention, inmates like Harold Hempstead.
Florida convicts having more of a conscience than governors and feds is not an anomaly. After successfully helping to free Davontae Sanford last year, Detroit Hit Man Vincent Smothers has begun laboring to free a second man who is wrongly serving some of his time. In Texas, an actual murder tried and failed to free Tim Cole, who was wrongly serving his time – no one listened, Tim died of an asthma attack behind bars and was exonerated posthumously.
Our justice system is broken. Waving flags and shooting off fireworks won’t fix it. Petitions can. Please start signing ones like the one below … don’t wait until it’s personal; don’t wait until you’re heartbroken.
Justice for Darren Rainey, a mentally ill inmate killed by state prison guards in Florida