Florida’s Department of Corrections is facing a third potential criminal probe in the wake of another inmate death at a state prison.
Darren Rainey spent the final moments of his 50-year life in unthinkable agony, his skin shriveling and peeling from his body as scalding hot water blasted him for over an hour, inside a locked prison shower stall from which there was no escape.
Rainey, who suffered from mental illness and was serving a two-year term in Dade Correctional Institution near Miami, Florida for cocaine possession, was just a month from the end of his sentence on June 23, 2012. But that was the day Rainey was thrown into the locked shower by correctional officer Roland Clarke at about 7:38 pm, according to a report by Dade Department of Corrections Inspector General Jeffrey Beasley.
Guards then turned on the water to maximum heat — a scalding temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
The crime for which Rainey was boiled alive as punishment? Defecating on his cell floor and refusing to clean up the mess.
Two years after his death, the state has yet to compete the mentally ill inmate’s autopsy, no official cause of death has been released, and no one has been disciplined in connection with the horrific death of Darren Rainey.
The Florida Department of Corrections was investigating the death, but called off its investigation because without an autopsy it did not have enough information to proceed.
In April, eight corrections officers were suspended and one fired following the death at Charlotte Correctional of Matthew Walker, 45. Sources say a group of 10 prison employees handcuffed and beat Walker to death inside his cell.
On Wednesday, Damion Foster, 36, died following an altercation with corrections officers in the prison’s mental-health unit, a source close to the case told the Miami Herald. Details of his death has not been released yet.