In connection with the death of inmate deaths, 32 guards working within the Florida prison system have been fired. This prison system has been under scrutiny for some time because of the number of inmates who die while locked up. Because of this, the secretary of the prison system made the decision to begin firing guards.
Michael Crews, Secretary with Florida Department of Corrections, let 32 guards go this past Friday, each having been accused of some type or level of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct connected to deaths at four different prison facilities.
The controversy started after the 2012 death of Darren Rainey, a mentally ill prisoner. From that time forward, government officials, authorities within the Florida prison system, and the general population began demanding answers and asking for reform.
A letter was sent to the United States Attorney General, Eric Holder in June by the American Civil Liberties Union, who requested that a federal investigation begin in connection with Rainey’s death. In the letter, the state was accused of trying to cover things up.
According to information in the letter, Rainey who was at the Date Correctional Institution in Miami, had scalding hot water poured over him while standing in a very small closet, all in the name of punishment.
Reportedly, Rainey was found dead two hours later with skin pulled away from his body. Also reported was that the water temperature was later tested and found to be 180 degrees. Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida said the information coming to light is not about incompetence but guards killing people and public officials working to cover up criminal acts.
In another memo from earlier this month, Crews states that staff who commits crimes have not been consistently held accountable. It is this lack of consistent consequences for the same crime that undermines the system and level of professionalism necessary to run prison institutions with the upmost integrity.
Representatives from the Florida prison system have not responded to reporters who have asked for detailed information pertaining to the firing of the 32 guards.