No Justice: No Charges Filed After Mentally Ill Inmate Scalded to Death in ‘Punishment Shower’


A Florida inmate was taken to the shower room as punishment for pooping in his cell and refusing to clean it up. Left under scalding hot water unattended for over an hour, he died a horrific death.

Darren Rainey had a history of mental illness and was serving a 2-year stint for possession of cocaine at the Dade Correctional Institution when the incident occurred.

At one point, according to a fellow inmate serving as an orderly on the wing, Rainey began yelling over and over again, “I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.”

Yet despite his obvious distress, the guards did not answer his pleas, nor did they return to check in on him.

When they did come back over an hour later, they found the 50-year-old’s body lying on shower room floor – his skin so badly damaged by the water it shriveled away from his body, according to a post-mortem report.

“I then seen [sic] his burnt dead body naked body go about two feet from my cell door on a stretcher,’’ the orderly inmate, who previously witnessed Rainey being shoved into the scalding shower, later recalled in a letter to authorities calling for something to be done about the death.

 Another inmate, Mark Joiner, told the inspector general that he was ordered to “clean up the crime scene’’ shortly after Rainey’s ill-fated shower and before an investigation could be launched implicating the guards.

Yet, despite the horrific nature of the mentally ill prisoner’s death and available witness testimony in the matter, nearly two years after Rainey was scalded during a punishment shower, serious questions remain unanswered in the case and no guards have been implicated in his death.

Instead, any investigation into the likely homicide has been halted until the medical examiner completes a full autopsy –  still not complete two years later.

George Mallinckrodt, a psychotherapist at the Dade Correctional Institution said he is not surprised that there has been no justice for Rainey in a prison climate like Dade’s  that allows mentally ill inmates to be tortured and abused by guards.

“You know these guys that are in prison — and definitely deserve to be there — they’re there to pay their debt to society, not to get tortured or beaten or murdered, so I’d like to see that resolved,” Mallinckrodt said, calling for reform before other inmates – like Rainey – die at the hands of abusive guards.

Photo Credit: Police File Photo



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  • asianchick

    I cannot fathom what this poor man went through. This made me so mad! Those fucking prison guards deserve every imagined pain as long as possible! I hope inmates there stab them when they are looking or beat the shit out them. I want justice for this man! How torturous that had to be for him

    • Nico

      Don’t poopy in your cell

    • Tom Tucker

      Stop your whining.

      • asianchick

        Oh shut up

  • whatthe46

    two years for coke. lohan received what? oh yeah nothing. my heart goes out to the family.

    • rob420bie

      My thoughts exactly, and it was possesion. Incarceration is a multi billion dollar industry. The prison corporation doesn’t get paid for empty cells.

  • Albert Gump Kaye

    Like the police, prison guards are held to the lowest standard of the law and know they are not going to be held accountable for their actions. I am so very tired of hearing stories like this.

    • rob420bie

      Some of the most depraved people in a prison are the guards. Not all the guards mind you, but enough.

  • Arnaud Sachsen

    Appalling. A sadistic act of murder of a disturbed and vulnerable petty criminal. If the death penalty is to be applied these officers are prime candidates.

  • Michael McElligott

    Mental illness is not a crime, it is a condicition of the mind which can affect anyone and any age, prisons are no place for these folks as they need help and understanding not witchcraft justice and burnt at the stake, i hope the truth prevails and those responsible are sent to an institution as they must also be very ill to do this to a guy who is ill, also those covering it up should go as well to an institution

    • Minerva

      There were 560,000 people in psychiatric hospitals at the height in 1950s, when the US population was 150 million. The population of the US has now doubled to 300 million, but now there are only 35,000 patients with severe mental illness in state psychiatric hospitals. As of 2012, there were an estimated to be 356,268 inmates with severe mental illness in prisons and jail. Thus, the number of mentally ill persons in prisons and jails was 10 times the number remaining in state hospitals.

      We have shifted from hospitalization to incarceration. But we did it under the guise of “community care” is better than hospitalization. We never did build or bother funding the “community care”, instead just took them out of hospitals and let them go. Now here we are decades later and we have said the heck with it, put em in jail. They don’t get meds, medical care, and when they are delusional we put them in solitary which makes things worse.

  • Gene Smith

    Jackson, Sharpton…..where are you when you’re needed? His torture by the prison guards and what the poor guy went through, and the extreme, painful suffering and agony, in my opinion is much worse than a botched execution, most recently, the one we all heard about. The cover up needs uncovered, and the ones responsible should be severely punished.

    • Cap

      What do you expect the dunce duo to do?

    • Tom Tucker

      Al and Jesse can’t make the news on this one so they are mute.

  • Scuffy P

    Okay. Yes it’s tragic. I’m not disputing that.
    But why did he stay under the shower? By all accounts, at least from this story, the guards weren’t with him throughout. So if he was being burnt to death…why not move out of the way? Mentally ill or not, the chap clearly felt pain and would know even at a basic level to move. No?

    • Minerva

      Because the wing he was being held in the showers are tiny stalls in a cage that fit one person. There is no where to move to. It is meant for inmates who “misbehave” so they can’t start a fight with others since they are alone and they can’t cause trouble since there is nothing to move, throw, etc.

      The showers are in a cage like this…

      • Scuffy P

        Did not know this. Makes sense now. Thanks for the education.

      • diablo135

        So who sets the temp of the shower? The inmates can’t adjust it?

        • Minerva

          No, it is set by the guards. They do it presumably so an inmate can’t burn themselves personally. But that doesn’t mean a guard can’t set it too hot. From what I have seen/heard it is set too cold usually. Inmates who are in solitary are given this treatment.

          Usually these inmates are mentally ill (not surprisingly) and have to be forced to shower. This way they can’t “refuse”. It is set for hygiene so inmates can’t go weeks without a shower. Or when they may cover themselves with feces… smear it on the walls.. Or even when they flood their cells by overflowing the toilet. This way they can be put in the shower and they have to be rinsed off. Sometimes if they refuse to get in the shower they are literally hosed off. They get a garden hose and just hose the inmate down while handcuffed and being held down.

  • scrotus

    You BET he won’t do it again…

    • Tom Tucker

      No more poopy pants for him.

  • Tom Tucker

    At least he went out cleaned up.