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Inmate Deaths in Florida Prisons

Bart Everson

Recent investigative reporting by the Miami Herald into abuse, torture and death of inmates in Florida prisons has raised public concern regarding the treatment of inmates and cultures within correctional institutions in the state. Those cases include the death of Dade Correctional Institution inmate Darren Rainey who was confined to a scalding hot shower until he collapsed and died along with the death of Franklin Correctional Facility inmate Randall Jordan-Aparo who died after being placed in solitary confinement and gassed several times by guards while requesting medical treatment for a worsening health condition.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has begun investigating, four Florida Department of Corrections investigators have filed a whistleblower complaint, and one warden so far has been fired. We’ll explore conditions within Florida’s prison system and what improvements can be made going forward. We’ll also highlight the death of Immokalee resident Justin Campos in a Florida prison, and his family’s continued struggle to get information about his death.

How should Florida address the deaths of inmates in our prison system?Guests:

Allison DeFoor, FSU Project for Accountable Justice Chairman
George Mallinckrodt, LMHC, author and former psychotherapist with the Dade Correctional Institution
Angelica Robertson, sister of Immokalee resident and deceased former inmate Justin Campos

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.