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DOC Head Jones Calls For Release Of Findings Into Mentally Ill Inmate's Death

Florida Department of Corrections

The head of Florida’s troubled prison system is asking for the release of the findings into the case of a mentally ill inmate who died in the department’s custody years ago.

In 2012, Darren Rainey died, after he was allegedly locked in a scalding, hot shower at Dade Correctional Institution in South Florida.

Since Rainey’s story has come to light, it’s sparked a series of discussion and reforms into a system plagued by multiple inmate deaths, allegations of abuse by prison guards, and cover ups.

It’s among the reasons that spurred the legislature to look into reforming the prison system. The bill died amid a budget impasse between the House and Senate.

Now, newly appointed Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julies Jones is asking Miami Dade County Medical Examiner's office to expedite the release of its findings into the death of Rainey, saying it’s “time for the true facts resulting from the investigation to be known.”

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.