The entrance to Dade Correctional Institution and Homestead Correctional Institution; Rainey died at Dade CI
Darren Rainey died at the Dade Correctional Institution (Dade CI) in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida on June 23, 2012. The prison is in proximity to Florida City, and is south of Homestead.
In 2014 Dade CI prisoner Mark Joiner accused prison authorities of fatally torturing prisoner Darren Rainey, who was mentally ill, by scalding him in a shower. A prisoner stated that 50-year-old Rainey, DOC#060954, had defecated in his cell and refused to clean it, and because of that the prison guards punished him. He died on June 23, 2012. Originally the police classified the death as unexplained, and the DOC never punished any staff. Two officers on duty at the time of the death later received promotions. The police began interviewing witnesses after the Miami Herald obtained public records and made a visit to the prison.
As a result, human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, and the Florida Council of Churches sent a letter to the United States Attorney General Eric Holder, asking for intervention from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). In April 2014 George Mallinckrodt, a psychotherapist who worked at Dade CI from 2008 to 2011, filed a complaint with the USDOJ about the way mentally ill prisoners are treated.
In July 2014 Mike Crews, the FDOC secretary, suspended Jerry Cummings, the warden of the Dade Correctional institution, and put him on paid leave. Later that month Cummings was fired.
As of May 2015 the Miami-Dade Police Department has not criminally charged anybody, and the Miami-Dade medical examiner never conducted an autopsy. That month the U.S. Justice Department began investigating Rainey's death.
In January 2016 the Miami-Dade Coroner's Office ruled the death of Darren Rainey as accidental, stemming from a combination of the confinement in the shower and his schizophrenia. The coroner did not determine that the staff did not intend to hurt Rainey nor that the shower had excessive heat.