Darren Rainey, 50

Florida City, Florida
June 23, 2012

Agencies: Florida Department of Corrections | Florida Department of Law Enforcement FDLE | Homestead Correctional Institution Florida

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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Last updated: almost 4 years ago


Darren Rainey, who was schizophrenic, died in June 2012 after he was confined to a tiny cubicle at the psychiatric unit of the Dade correctional institution near Homestead, with corrections officers controlling the water temperature from outside. Several inmates reported hearing Rainey, 50, screaming to be let out while another later claimed he was made to scrape chunks of the dead prisoner’s burned-off flesh from the cubicle floor.

Legal Action

July 2014 and two assistants fired

January 2016 Death ruled an accident three years after event

June 2016 Still nobody held responsible.

One thousand four hundred and sixty one days.

That’s how long it’s been since Darren Rainey was forced into a shower by officers at Dade Correctional Institution and left there, under a blistering spray of scalding water, for nearly two hours. It’s been four years since Rainey screamed and begged to be let out of the small stall before finally collapsing in a heap, his skin peeling.

March 2017 Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death

July 2017 Darren Rainey family fights for skin sample in gruesome prison shower death

On January 26, 2017, the Miami Herald reported that the family of Darren Rainey had settled a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Florida and others for $4.5 million.

On August 8, it was reported that an independent pathologist had confirmed that Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle helped cover up the murder of Darren Rainey.

Community and Family Efforts

March 2017 Protestors demand resignation of State Attorney

May 2017 Protest at AG for no action against murderers

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