An Inmate Died When the Guards Locked Him and Turned on Scalding Hot Water

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Guards locked Darren Rainey, an inmate serving a prison sentence, in the shower room and turned on scalding hot water, as high as 180°

Darren Rainey, an inmate arrested by the police for cocaine possession, was serving a two-year prison sentence at the Dade Correctional Institution in South Florida. Rainey was a diagnosed patient of schizophrenia. The on-duty guards forced and locked him in the shower. Thereafter, from outside, they turned on scalding hot water, which as hot as 180°. The guards then walked off.

Since he had passed stool in his cell and had smeared faeces on himself and the walls, the guards locked him. They said that they won’t let him out until he cleans himself up

Later, a fellow inmate reported hearing Rainey shouting:
“I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry, I won’t do it again.”

 As the room filled with steam, it became difficult for Rainey to cope up. Approximately 2 hours later, the guards came back to check on him. However, at that time they found him dead, lying on his back on the floor immersed in around 3 inches of water.

His skin was red and had started to peel off. Miami Herald reported that flecks of skin were floating in the water next to him. One inmate said he looked like a “boiled lobster.”

A thorough investigation revealed that Dade guards would drench the inmates with chemicals, starve them, and force them to fight.

Despite all the above findings, four years after Rainey died, the state cleared the four guards involved without any repercussions. None of the guards was charged as the state regarded Rainey’s death an accident.

Prosecutors reported:

“Placing an inmate who has defecated upon himself in a shower to decontaminate himself is not conduct that is criminally reckless. There was no evidence of any intent to harm Rainey.”

They added:

“The evidence fails to show that any correctional officer acted in reckless disregard of Rainey’s life. Rainey died of a combination of factors; including complications from his schizophrenia, an undiagnosed heart disease, and ‘confinement in a shower.’”

Regarding the peeing of skin, the investigators said:

“The peeling of Rainey’s skin — a condition called “slippage” — wasn’t caused by the heat of the shower. Instead by friction or pressure on his body, which could have occurred when medics tried to revive or move him.”

Medical Examiner Emma Lew said:

“It is not substantiated that the temperatures inside the shower room were excessively high.”

Milton Grimes, an attorney for Rainey’s 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.”

The case is pending.

Source: Washington Post.

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Dr. Arsia Parekh
Dr. Arsia Hanif has been a meritorious Healthcare professional with a proven track record throughout her academic life securing first position in her MCAT examination and then, in 2017, she successfully completed her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Dow University of Health Sciences. She has had the opportunity to apply her theoretical knowledge to the real-life scenarios, as a House Officer (HO) serving at Civil Hospital. Whilst working at the Civil Hospital, she discovered that nothing satisfies her more than helping other humans in need and since then has made a commitment to implement her expertise in the field of medicine to cure the sick and regain the state of health and well-being. Being a Doctor is exactly what you’d think it’s like. She is the colleague at work that everyone wants to know but nobody wants to be. If you want to get something done, you approach her – everyone knows that! She is currently studying with Medical Council of Canada and aspires to be a leading Neurologist someday. Alongside, she has taken up medical writing to exercise her skills of delivering comprehensible version of the otherwise difficult medical literature. Her breaks comprise either of swimming, volunteering services at a Medical Camp or spending time with family.


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