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Human rights group asks federal government to intervene in probe of prisoner's death

Several human rights groups on Wednesday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Florida Department of Corrections for the death of a mentally-ill inmate at the Dade County Correctional Institute last year who, other inmates allege,  was placed in a locked, scalding hot shower and left there as punishment. 

Darren Rainey, 50, died June 23, 2012, at Dade Correctional but the death was never investigated by either DOC or Miami-Dade police. The inmate assigned to clean up the shower after his death, told the Miami Herald on Tuesday that he found a blue canvas sneaker and 

Mark Joiner, a 46-year-old convicted killer, reported that he could hear Rainey screaming as hot steam filled the unit that night. He also heard the guards taunting Rainey, before he died, saying “How do you like your shower?’’

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Amnesty International, the Florida Council of Churches and a host of other human rights organizations wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Holder Wednesday urging the justice department to intervene. More here by Julie K. Brown.