Fla prison chief announces reform amid inmate death scandal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Darren Rainey, Randall Jordan-Aparo and Justin Campos represent some of the tragic deaths in Florida prisons.

Rainey and Jordan-Aparo allegedly died during aggressive punishments from corrections officers. Justin Campos died from a gang hit. His mother said officials knew he was a target.

"We are working diligently to fix the problem we have already identified," said Michael Crews, head of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Officers at Dade Correctional Institution are accused of locking Rainey in a scolding hot shower until he died. After it became public two years later, Crews took action firing the warden and assistant warden. Now he's announced big changes across the board.

"We have nothing to hide and if we find or we identify bad seeds in our agency, they're gonna have to find somewhere else to go."

Some of the changes: expanding training for correctional officers, developing specialized centers for mentally ill inmates and creating an online database for inmate deaths viewable by the public.

George Mallickrodt worked at Dade Correctional and was fired - he believes after speaking up about inmate abuse.

"My incident reports crossed the warden's desk, he didn't do a thing," he said.

"She said they killed him! And so I was like stunned of course and then she filled me in on the details. From there I decided to get more vocal about Darren Rainey and see if I could get him some justice."A former coworker told him about Darren Rainey.

Crews also announced the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will take on investigating all inmate deaths that aren't due to natural causes. That includes 82 open cases.


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