Human rights organizations are calling for a federal investigation into the death of Darren Rainey, who was allegedly locked in a shower so hot it stripped the skin from his body
On the night of June 23, 2012, 50-year-old Darren Rainey, a mentally ill inmate at Florida’s Dade Correctional Institution, was allegedly taken from his cell and locked in a closet-size shower. Guards then turned up the water to 180 degrees and walked away. Two hours later, he was dead; large swathes of skin had peeled from his body because of the intense heat. When he was finally taken to the infirmary, his internal temperature was so high that it couldn’t be measured by a thermometer.
Not only is this sick, and horrible, but how is the water heat in the prison showers THAT hot. In cool weather I like REALLY hot showers. In hot weather I like my showers cold. No matter the season the WORST shower is a tepid one. Why would we pay MONEY to heat water that hot for prison showers. The heat on max should just be warm enough to be comfortable, it’s cost-effective, it’s safe, it’s humane, but there is no luxury.
Also I’ll have to add that the departed was serving a deuce for drug possession. So not only is this not a “Gun Death” but it is also a death from the War on Drugs.