Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews put Jerry Cummings, warden of the Dade Correctional Institution, on administrative leave after a tour on Thursday of the Florida City jail where inmate Darren Rainey died in 2012 under suspicious circumstances.
Crews planned to meet with Miami-Dade police as they probe Rainey’s death when guards allegedly forced him in a scalding water shower as punishment.
“I am troubled by the allegations surrounding Dade Correctional Institution and feel a change at the facility is necessary for restoring accountability across the department,” Crews said in a statement. “This morning I also met with correctional officers in the facility and underscored that the integrity of the department will not be compromised by any bad actions.”
Correctional staff members who do not report any knowledge of abuse are “equally guilty,” Crews added. “We will take action whenever and wherever needed to ensure our facilities are secure and we are asking the Miami-Dade Police Department to quickly provide us with the results of their investigation.”
After the Miami Herald reported in May on the death of Rainey and other inmates, the DOC has been under intense scrutiny. Crews announced plans tour correctional facilities across the state to evaluate operations.