By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Just imagine for a moment this scenario – a man incarcerated in a correctional facility doing his time with the intention of getting rehabilitated and dies. Sounds messed up, jacked up, and screwed up. No one who is incarcerated deserves to die. Let me raise the question – should correctional officers be held accountable for prisoners who die under their watch?
People in Miami, Florida are upset because Miami-Dade prosecutors decided not to prosecute prison guards who allegedly boiled an inmate to death.
Darren Rainey, 50-years-old and mentally troubled was serving a two-year prison sentence at Dade Correctional Institution on cocaine charges. Witnesses said that Rainey died because he was subjected to an extremely hot shower for two hours. However, it was concluded that he died accidentally because of an undiagnosed heart disease.
Milton Grimes, an attorney for the Rainey family said, “’This is not justice for Darren, for his family, nor for the mentally ill who have been subject to similar abuse and mistreatment.” In addition to Grimes’ comments, “One nurse said that Rainey was pulled from the shower with 90 per cent burns and that his skin was peeling off after he was left in the 180F shower.”
According to reports, Rainey was taken to the shower after he smeared himself with feces. The walls of his cell and his bedsheets were also covered. After entering the shower, that’s when the story gets confusing.
Fellow inmates tell Daily Mail they heard Rainey screaming for help, but their claims were proven not credible. Rainey was found lying face up in the shower in about 3 inches of water.
“Several witnesses said Rainey’s skin appeared to be peeled back or reddish in some spots – one inmate claimed he looked like a ‘boiled lobster’ – but an autopsy found this ‘slippage’ was most likely caused by friction or pressure on his moist and warm skin.”
So many questions still need to be answered. Who knows if the family will ever get to the bottom of it?
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on www.sinclairgrey.org or Twitter @drsinclairgrey