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UNFORTUNATELY THESE VIOLENT CRIMINALS RUN THE PRISON

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

FEBRUARY 9, 2016 10:15 PM

Rainey cover-up

As a psychotherapist who worked in the same psychiatric unit where Darren Rainey was murdered, I can tell you about the abusive, hostile environment that existed for counselors and inmate/patients alike.

Upper-level administrators and officers knew of men being starved, tormented, manhandled and beaten.

For the medical examiner to say that Rainey’s death was accidental is to ignore what was really happening in the unit and to accept, without any investigation, the guards’ version of events. In my experience, guards always presented a sanitized, fictional account of their actions absolving themselves of any blame. The guards’ account of Rainey’s killing read like a typical, “We put a man in the shower and — oh my goodness! — we came back later and he was dead! We just don’t know what happened.”

Add to that the many conflicting details between the preliminary autopsy and recent revelations in the final autopsy. “Cover-up” is too weak a phrase to describe events fostered by a culture of brutality and secrecy that existed in my former unit and the entirety of the Florida Department of Corrections.

GEORGE MALLINCKRODT,

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As a psychotherapist who worked in the same psychiatric unit where Darren Rainey was murdered, I can tell you about the abusive, hostile environment that existed for counselors and inmate/patients alike. Upper level administrators, including Warden Cummings, knew of men being starved, tormented, manhandled, and beaten. The head of the psychiatric unit, a psychologist entrusted with the welfare of our patients, always turned a blind eye to the ongoing abuse of the severely mentally ill. She never took corrective action and the unit declined to the point where, months after I was fired for not going along with the cover-up of a beating, men were being scalded in the specially rigged torture chamber. By the way, this woman is still the head of the psychiatric unit. Accountability, anyone?

For the medical examiner to say the death of Rainey was accidental was to ignore what was really happening in the unit and to accept without any investigation, the guards’ version of events. In my experience, guards always presented a sanitized, fictional account of their actions absolving themselves of any blame. The guards’ account of Rainey’s killing read like a typical, “We put a man in the shower and, oh my goodness, we came back later and he was dead! We just don’t know what happened.” Add to that the many conflicting details between the preliminary autopsy and recent revelations in the final autopsy; “cover-up” is too weak a phrase to describe events fostered by a culture of brutality and secrecy that existed in my former unit and the entirety of the Florida Department of Corrections.

MIAMI BEACH

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Getting Away With Murder: A True Story

Aug 2, 2014

by George C. Mallinckrodt

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