Update: Leadership Replaced Over Prisoner's Scalding Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Update: Associated Press
July 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- State corrections officials have replaced the leadership team at a South Florida prison where an inmate was left in a scalding shower until he died.

Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced in a news release Thursday that Dade Correctional Institution will now be run by warden Les Odom, assistant warden Jose Lugo and Col. Victor Barber. The former warden, Jerry Cummings, has been on administrative leave since Crews visited the facility last week.

The visit was part of an investigation into the death of Darren Rainey, a mentally ill prisoner who was punished in 2012 with a shower so hot that his skin separated from his body. Crews said he was further upset after learning that he wasn't briefed on an apparently natural inmate death that had occurred just before his arrival.


Update: Associated Press
July 10, 2014 - 2 p.m.

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- The warden of a South Florida prison where an inmate was left in a scalding shower until he died in 2012 has been suspended.

Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews said Wednesday that Jerry Commings will be on paid administrative leave until the investigation concludes. He added that more sanctions could be forthcoming.

Crews made the announcement after a visit to Dade Correctional Institution, where Darren Rainey, a mentally ill prisoner was punished with a shower so hot that his skin separated from his body.

Commings' suspension is the first disciplinary action taken in this case by the DOC and comes after news reports found that Rainey's death was never properly investigated.

Civil rights groups have called for a federal investigation into the death.


News Release: Associated Press
July 10, 2014

MIAMI (AP) -- The head of Florida's prison system says he's traveling to Dade Correctional Institution for a full assessment on the death of a mentally ill prisoner left in a shower so hot his skin separated from his body.

Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews said Wednesday that he will meet with Miami-Dade police officials to offer assistance on the investigation.

The announcement comes several weeks after civil rights groups sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking for a federal investigation.

The groups say Darren Rainey was locked in a closet-size shower stall at the Dade Correctional Institution in June 2012 as a form of punishment. He was left unattended for two hours with scalding hot water that later measured as high as 180 degrees. He was found dead.


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