Florida Inmate Vincent Gaines Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Says | Miami New Times
When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred to the Dade Correctional Institution in South Miami-Dade County, where he was placed on a “boneless diet” that left the five-foot-nine man 40 pounds lighter — dropping from 190 to 151 — in just 18 months.
After accumulating a series of disciplinary reports, Gaines was shuffled through multiple prisons before winding up at the Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, Florida, where he soon died.
As a nation, we simply must stop doing things that clearly don’t work, like criminalizing mental illness. And we must stop letting public employees get away with abuse, torture, neglect and homicide.