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?