In a scathing rebuke to the leadership at the Dade Correctional Institution, Florida's prisons chief on Thursday fired the warden at the embattled prison and announced he wanted to "send a message" through the system.
Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced that he had terminated Warden Cummings, whom he had suspended last week, and replaced him with Warden Les Odom, Assistant Warden Jose Lugo and Colonel Victor Barber.
The prison had been under fire for weeks since the Miami Herald first reported on the suspicious scalding death of inmate Darren Rainey which prision officials were still investigating after two years.
“I have not been satisfied with the information flow from Dade C.I. and we need leaders there who will act with urgency to protect the safety of the inmates and staff, and hold individuals accountable when needed,'' Crews said in a statement. "This change will send a message throughout the Department that service is a privilege and leaders must meet the fullest extent of their duty to Florida."
He also slapped the Miami Dade Police for its lengthy delay in the Rainey investigation.
“Today I am also asking Miami-Dade to complete their investigation immediately,'' Crews said. "This investigation has taken too long and it is time to get the facts so we can take any additional action that may be necessary.”