April 23, 2014

The Cat's Out of the Bag

I sent off a complaint this week to the the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC. Contained therein were the details of Darren Rainey's murder at the hands of correctional officers. The DOJ has a branch called the Special Litigation Section that deals with Prisons and Jails. From their website:

The Special Litigation Section works to protect the rights of people who are in prisons and jails run by state or local governments. If we find that a state or local government systematically deprives people in these facilities of their rights, we can act.

In my complaint, I detailed the horrific, sadistic way Rainey suffered and the prevailing environment in the Transitional Care Unit that led to abuse, beatings, torture, and murder. So in my own small way, I am trying to make a difference. I'll reach out soon to the detective in Miami Metro Homicide to hopefully give him some leads to pursue. Twenty-one months after Rainey's death and it appears the investigation has stalled. What happens now is anybody's guess. For details regarding Rainey's death, please read Chapter 1 on my website under Books. 

April 6, 2014

Went down to Dade CI for a quick photo op

Just dropping a quick note to let you all know I'm still working on the book and have entered what I think is the end game - finishing the Epilogue and the final edit of the whole book. After that, miles to go... I went by the prison where I worked and started taking photos. The place erupted like a disturbed bee hive! Guards started shouting, another followed me in a truck. I calmly took more photos from my car and then drove off when it appeared I might get stung! It was all great fun. Would love to get your feedback. In the meantime, here's my cover.