PRESS RELEASE: Harold Hempstead “Caged Crusader” To Publish Book On Florida Prisons And The Darren Rainey Murder

Press Release:

From Florida’s most-known prisoner civil rights activist – Harold Hempstead (A.K.A “The Caged Crusader”) 

Harold Hempstead has been written about in the Miami Herald newspaper, Tampa Bay Times, New Yorker magazine, Huffington Post and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.  He has also appeared on WTVT Fox 13 Tampa, Florida news and CBS4 Miami, Florida news.
 

Book title:

DEPARTMENT OF CORRUPTION

DARREN RAINEY – THE UNTOLD STORY

By Harold Hempstead

A historically factual book about the Darren Rainey murder, the systematic culture of corruption in the Florida Department of Corrections and the murdering, torturing and abuse of Florida prisoners.

A compelling expose of the hidden world of brutality and corruption in the Florida Department of Corrections. 

Harold Hempstead was incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) for 17 years.  On 17th March, 2017 he was involuntarily Interstate Compacted to the Tennessee Department of Corrections in an attempt to censor him on the Darren Rainey case and stop him from engaging in prisoner civil rights activities.

During his years incarcerated in Florida he was incarcerated at the majority of Florida’s most violent prisons.

In this historically factual book Harold Hempstead chronicles:

1)  A tremendous amount of facts on the Darren Rainey case that have never been told to the public.  Harold Hempstead exposed the brutal scalding death of Darren Rainey to the Miami Herald newspaper.

2)  The murdering, starving, torturing and abusing of Florida inmates by prison staff.

3)  The mass-poisoning of the food that inmates eat,  with pills, chemicals, feces and urine by FDC staff.

4)  The extreme physically and sexually violent conditions in the Florida Department of Corrections.

5)  The rise in gang membership and violence in Florida prisons.

6)  Drugs, cellular phones and contraband-smuggling activities.

7)  A tremendous amount of facts about the culture of corruption and the unconstitutional conditions of the Florida Department of Corrections.

This eye-opening factual book truly exposes the world behind the walls in the Florida prison system and shows why reform and independent oversight are needed in the Florida Department of Corrections.

MINI AUTHOR BIO:

Harold Hempstead has a Doctor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Christian College and Seminary and a Paralegal Certification from Blackstone Career Institute.  He was incarcerated for 17 years in the Florida Department of Corrections prior to his March 17, 2017 involuntary Interstate Compact to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.  In 2015 the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida awarded him with the Maurice Rosen Act of Courage Award for placing his life on the line to expose the brutal and fatal scalding of Darren Rainey and for exposing the systematic culture of brutality in the Florida Department of Corrections.  Harold Hempstead is serving 165 years in prison for burglaries and dealing in stolen property.

STATEMENTS MADE ABOUT HAROLD HEMPSTEAD IN THE MEDIA:

Miami Herald newspaper – (Reporter Julie K Brown: 8/8/2015)

Article name:  The Inmate Who Exposed Florida Prisons Culture Of Cruelty

“Hempstead didn’t set out to be a hero and, perhaps to some people, he isn’t a hero at all.  But it is likely that no-one would have ever known about the death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey, or about the systematic culture of physical and mental abuse of inmates in Florida prisons. had it not been for Hempstead. ”

“Hempstead’s steadfast determination to expose the monstrous acts he says he witnessed ultimately brought about an overhaul of the prison system, the firing of top corrections officials and officers, federal arrests and an ongoing investigation by the US Department of Justice .”

“Hempstead did all this from a prison cell and in spite of threats, intimidation and a haunting fear that one day he would suffer an accident and never wake up.”

Tampa Bay Times (8/11/2015)

Article name:  Editorial:  A Horrific Account Of Prison Abuse

“Convicted burglar Harold Hempstead is responsible for helping to lift the curtains on systematic corruption in Florida’s prison system.”

Miami Herald newspaper – (Reporter Julie K Brown :  8/8/2015)

Article name:  The Inmate Who Exposed Florida Prisons Culture Of Cruelty

“He saw something was wrong and he took a stand.  What he did took real courage.”

“The interests of all the people in Florida have been served by this inmate (Harold Hempstead) revealing the horrors and violence of both corrections officers and inmates.  Because of him, we are better for it.”

(Malcolm Tomlin – FDC Chaplain)

WTVT Fox 13 Tampa Bay, Florida

(Reporter Craig Patrick 11/9/2015)

“Harold Hempstead helped expose a scandal that rocked the prison system.”

BOOK INFORMATION:

Title:  DEPARTMENT OF CORRUPTION – Darren Rainey – The Untold Story

Publication Date:  Prior to the end of 2018

Contact Harold Hempstead:

Mailing address:  Harold Hempstead, I-M # 577366

Northeast Correctional Complex

P.O. Box 5000, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683-5000

email:                   haroldandwindy at gmail dot com

Postcards from hell: Inmate’s manuscript describes horrors of Florida prison system

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WHAT DO THE REPORTS FROM THE FDC INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE ON THE DADE C.I. TCU IN 2011 AND 2012 SHOW?

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On 3/17/17 I was ghosted out of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and Involuntary Interstate Compacted to the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) with none of my law work or property I had in FDC.  Since my 3/17/17 arrival to TDOC, I haven’t had any access to Florida law.  In this blog, I’m going to from memory attempt to address three Florida statutes that concern the FDC Inspector General’s Office, I believe the Florida Statute numbers I’m going to be addressing are Florida Statutes 944.31, 944.32 and 944.33.  I believe Florida Statute 944.31 explains the duties of FDC Inspector Generals and one of the things it says they’re obligated to do it so conduct a physical inspection of all the institutions in FDC once a year.  This Florida Statute shows us that in 2011 and 2012 the FDC Inspector General’s Office was obligated, and more than likely did conduct a physical inspection of the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit.  If they conducted this inspection this statute would’ve obligated them to look in the closet where the unlawful shower equipment was, next to the shower stall that Darren Rainey was killed in.  This means they would’ve seen the unlawfully rigged shower that killed Rainey, and they took no action to order the shower equipment be disconnected.  I believe Florida Statute 944.32 says the FDC Inspector General’s Office is obligated to complete a written report on their physical inspections of all the institutions they physically inspect.  Also, I believe Florida Statute 944.33 explains what type of trouble an FDC Inspector General can get in if they don’t complete written reports of the physical inspections of the institutions in FDC.  

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Please google the Florida statutes and read them.  From my knowledge of these statutes, what they say hasn’t changed from 2011 till the present.  I’d really like to obtain a copy of the FDC Inspector General’s Reports of the Dade C.I. TCU from 2011 and 2012 and see if they mention the unlawful shower that killed Darren Rainey.  Also, to see, if they do mention said shower, what they say about said shower in their reports.  I know from seeing the illegal shower where Rainey was killed, in the Dade C.I. TCU in 2011 and 2012 that it was there when they conducted their physical inspections in these years.  These reports could possibly be evidence that shows us the FDC Inspector General’s Office knew that the unlawful shower/torturing device that killed Rainey was in the Dade C.I. TCU and they took no action to have it disconnected but instead allowed it to be used as a torturing device to punish and kill mentally disabled inmates.  

Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you think would like to join us in our fight for the value of life.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader’

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WHY DIDN’T THE DADE COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY PROVIDE CLEAR VIDEO FOOTAGE ON THE DARREN RAINEY MURDER TO THE MEDIA, ETC.?

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Darren Rainey

In the beginning of 2012, while I was incarcerated in the Dade Correctional Institution Transitional Care Unit (TCU), I was told by several Lieutenants, Sergeants and officers that a new camera system had been installed in the TCU, that the new camera system was digital, that it could tell if a dime on the ground was on heads or tails and it had very clear footage.  The reason why so many security staff told me the foregoing was because I was the primary Orderly for all the shifts and Lieutenants in the TCU and they wanted to make sure I knew a new camera system was watching security and I when we were working on the floor in the TCU.  Security always kept me aware of issues with the mounted camera system solely because a lot of bad things happened in the TCU, and the cameras were always a threat to the staff when the cameras were operating.  My diary from 2012, that State, Federal officials and the media have, shows that in 2012 there was multiple staff-related investigations into issues that happened in the TCU.  Because I was the primary Orderly for security, I was often placed under investigation with the staff, solely because I was often present when security staff were doing things they shouldn’t have been doing.  There’s several 2012 entries in my diary that talk about the mounted security cameras.  The reason I’m bringing this up is I know from personal knowledge how clear the footage was from the mounted digital cameras in the TCU in 2012 and I’ve been told the camera footage from 2012 in the Darren Rainey murder case that the Dade County Florida State Attorney released to the media and others was unclear / blury.  I haven’t personally got a chance to view the camera footage but two people who have the video footage on the Rainey murder told me how unclear / blury the footage is that they received from the Dade County State Attorney.  Did the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) intentionally provide the Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County State Attorney with unclear / blury video footage from the night Rainey was murdered and this is why the Dade County State Attorney provided unclear / blury camera footage to the media etc?  Did FDC provide clear video footage to the police and the Dade County Florida State Attorney intentionally provided unlcear / blury camera footage to the media etc. to aid in their attempt to cover up Rainey’s murder?  I don’t know the answers to these questions.  I just know that my 2012 diary proves I had several dealings with the mounted security cameras and from my personal experiences with them and knowledge of them, the footage from said mounted security cameras were very clear.  This is another issue / problem with the Rainey case I wanted to bring to light.  Please share this blog with your friends and with anybody you believe would like to join us in our fight for the value of life.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED, MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader’


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Harold Hempstead

THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF DARREN RAINEY’S BODY RELEASED IN A 5/6/17 MIAMI HERALD ARTICLE PROVE THE CONDITION OF DARREN RAINEY’S SKIN

On 3/17/17 when I was ghosted out of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) at 3:30 am, the Dade County Florida State Attorney released their written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers.  About ten days after my 3/17/17 ghosting out of Florida against my will, I received the Dade County State Attorney’s 3/17/17 foregoing written decision and I was advised that since 3/17/17 the Dade County Florida State Attorney had told the media and numerous other people that one of the primary reasons they weren’t going to prosecute Rainey’s killers was because Darren Rainey’s skin allegedly wasn’t burned.  Now the people of Dade County Florida and the whole World can see the condition of Rainey’s skin when he was taken out of the shower, in the photographs of Darren Rainey’s dead body that the Miami Herald newspaper released on 5/6/17.

Now everybody can see why several inmates, two Dade C.I. security staff, and FDC Inspector General, three nurses, a Fire-Rescue Lieutenant and I, all said that Darren Rainey’s skin was burned.  Now everybody can see what I saw on the night Darren Rainey was murdered.  Now everybody can see that the Dade County Florida State Attorney and Medical Examiner didn’t uphold their oaths to be truthful when they both said Darren Rainey’s skin wasn’t burned.  The photographs the Miami Herald newspaper published in an article on 5/6/17 show how much the life of poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner Darren Rainey don’t matter to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Dade County Florida State Attorney, and the Dade County Florida Medical Examiner.  

Now you can see what they did to Rainey, what do you think about this case?  Do you think it’s right what they did to Rainey?  Do you think it’s right that the Dade County Florida State Attorney is allowing Rainey’s killers to stay free?  Do you think it’s right that the Dade County Florida State Attorney and Medical Examiner lied to you and everybody in saying Rainey’s skin wasn’t burned?  My desire is to move you to join our fight for justice for Rainey and our fight for the value of life.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader.’

Publisher’s note:  The canvas shoe you can see in the shower is the same shoe that a convict was ordered to fill with Mr Rainey’s skin, the day after he died in the locked shower.  This convict was later ordered to “throw it in the trash.”  Thus a crime-scene was destroyed, with collusion from the police and prison authorities.

Jeremy Schanche

FALSE STATEMENTS MADE IN THE DADE COUNTY FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY’S 3/17/17 WRITTEN DECISION TO NOT PROSECUTE DARREN RAINEY’S KILLERS

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle

In this blog I’m going to address numerous statements made by the Dade County Florida State Attorney in her 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute Darren Rainey’s killers.  The Dade County State Attorney’s statements that I’m about to address are somewhat trivial, but I feel I should give them some attention.  Why?  Because they add up to more attempts to cover up Darren Rainey’s murder.  

All the page references herein are to the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers.

  1. The last sentence on page 30 says I asked “inmate (Daniel) Medbury if he would talk with reporters.”  Rainey was killed on 6/23/12.  The possibly hundreds of pages of grievances and letters I wrote between July 2012 and February 2014 on the Rainey murder and the events that happened at Dade C.I., will show not one reference to the media.  My writings after March 2014  show hundreds, if not thousands of references to the media.  What does this show?  It shows I never thought about contacting the media between July 2012 and February 2014.  To further prove that I never thought about contacting the media prior to February 2014, not one media outlet in the World will say I contacted them prior to February 2014.  The first media outlet I contacted was in February 2014 and it was through another person.  That media outlet was the Miami Herald newspaper, the Dade County Florida State Attorney could easily verify through Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Housing Logs and Records that I haven’t been incarcerated with or communicated with Daniel Medberry since prior to December 2012.  Since I never thought about contacting the media in 2012, I would’ve never asked Medberry if he’d talk to reporters.  Again, I never thought about communicating with media / reporters prior to February, 2014.  I did give the Miami Herald in 2014 Daniel Medberry’s name, but since I never spoke with Medberry from December 2012 till the day I’m writing this blog, I never had a chance to bring up the media to Medberry.  I could be wrong, but I don’t believe Medberry made this claim.
  2. In the first paragraph on page 43, it says Gregory Shevlin didn’t “have any direct knowledge of the death of inmate Rainey.”  I explained in detail in a blog I wrote just on Shevlin how I believe Shevlin was in fear of his life when the police questioned Shevlin about Rainey’s murder while he was still housed in the Dade C.I. TCU and how Shcvlin was one of the orderlies working on the night Rainey was killed.  
  3. In the first sentence, second paragraph, on page 59 it says “inmate-interviews taken later were likely tainted or influenced by the statements made by inmate Hempstead as several of those interviewed mentioned they had spoken with inmate Hempstead.”  I underlined ‘likely’ because this is just the State Attorney’s bias opinion.  The State Attorney presents contradictive positions in her own document.  The Dade County State Attorney throughout her 3/17/17 written decision contends the testimony of other inmates and I were inconsistent.  In the above cited sentence on page 59 the State Attorney contends other inmate’s interviews were likely tainted or influenced by statements I made to the other inmate-witnesses.  If I allegedly “tainted or influenced” their testimony, then that would mean the statements of other inmates had to be consistent with mine.  I’m sure she wouldn’t allege I “tainted or influenced” their statements to be inconsistent with mine.  Because the Dade County State Attorney is attempting to twist the truth, her writings are full of obvious contradictions like this one.  
  4. In the last two sentences of the third paragraph on page 61 it states “in addition, Hempstead asserted that Rainey began to scream as if in pain as well as kicked the shower door because the water in the shower was too hot.  Therefore, it is Hempstead’s position that Rainey was deliberately scalded in the shower by the excessively hot water.”  This is another lie and twisting of the facts by the Dade County State Attorney.  I’ve consistently stated from June 2012 in my diary, FDC Grievances, letters and interviews that inmates placed in the shower for punishment could avoid getting the hot water on their bodies, and that the primary punishment with the shower was the extreme heat and steam in the shower caused by the hot water.  I really don’t know what to say about this far-fetched lie and twisting of the facts by the Dade County State Attorney.
  5. In the last paragraph of page 61 it states that I encouraged/solicited some of the inmates I spoke with to file complaints and contact the media.  It is a well-known fact that I did ask Daniel Medberry and Mark Joiner to file complaints on the Rainey case.  I didn’t ask any other inmates to do such because the majority of other inmate-witnesses were mentally unstable or very fearful.  If I could’ve spoke with Medberry or Joiner after I started talking with the media in 2014 I would’ve asked them to speak with the media, but to this day I haven’t got a chance to speak with them.  The last time I spoke with Medberry was prior to December 2012 and the last time I spoke with Joiner was January 2013.  Since I haven’t got a chance to speak with these inmates since the foregoing times, when I started talking with the media in 2014, I gave the media these inmates’ names.  This might just be a trivial lie by the Dade County State Attorney, but it’s still a lie.  
  6. On page 64 the Dade County Florida State Attorney says I was incorrect in saying Ofc. Thompson found Rainey dead in the shower and that Ofc. Clarke actually found Rainey dead.  Since 2012 I stated in my diary, FDC grievances, letters and interviews, that Ofc. Thompson found Rainey dead, left Rainey dead on the shower floor for approximately eight minutes while Ofc. Thompson told Ofc. Clarke and his co-workers that Rainey was dead, and that Ofc. Clarke came back to the shower and acted like he found Rainey dead.  A review of the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers shows that the Dade County Florida State Attorney just chose to believe what the Dade C.I. staff said who killed Rainey (and have a reason to lie), over what I said (even though I have/had nothing to gain by speaking out in this case.)

These are some of the small lies and twisting of facts in the Dade County State Attorney’s written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers I wanted to address.  Please share this blog with your friends and with anybody you believe would like to join us in our fight for the value of life.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

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WILL YOU PLEASE PROVIDE ME WITH INFORMATION ON THE VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM THE DARREN RAINEY MURDER?

In the Dade County, Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 witten decision to not prosecute Darren Rainey’s killers, they have an Exhibit 7 which they say is a timeline from the mounted security cameras in Wing J3 of the Dade Correctional Institution Transitional Care Unit (TCU).  I was told that several people now have copies of the footage that the Dade County State Attorney alleges their timeline in their Exhibit 7 came from.  

As of the date I’m writing this blog, I haven’t been able to review any of the alleged actual footage the Dade County State Attorney released in the Rainey murder case.

If you’re reading this blog and you have a copy of the video footage that the Dade County Florida State Attorney allegedly used to make their timeline in their Exhibit 7, will you please help me by doing the following:

  1. The video footage allegedly starts at 7:38:54 and runs to 9:33:17.  That is a total of fifty-four minutes and twenty-three seconds.  Will you please use a watch and time the video footage you have from start (7:38:54) to finish (9:33:17) and let me know if it’s fifty-four minutes and twenty-three seconds long?
  2. The timeline in the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s Exhibit 7 shows no entries between 8:17:36 and 8:56.  Will you please let me know if the time stamp on the video footage you have jumps from 8:17:36 to 8:56, or if it shows the seconds and minutes that happened between these two listed times?  Will you please help me with the foregoing?  Please mail me your findings and/or send them to my friend Jeremy that manages this blog.  I really appreciate it.  

Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you believe would like to join us in our fight for the value of life.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader’

STATE ATTORNEY MS. KATHERINE RUNDLE YOUR STATEMENTS ABOUT THE CONDITION OF DARREN RAINEY’S SKIN WERE OBVIOUSLY FALSE

I’ve been told that as of the date I’m writing this blog the Dade County Florida Medical Examiner continues to refuse to allow the Miami Herald newspaper’s retired medical examiner to review the skin slides and samples of Darren Rainey.  

Why did the Dade County State Attorney tell the media and others that Darren Rainey’s skin wasn’t damaged from the shower water, and then have the Dade County Florida Medical Examiner refuse to allow the Miami Herald newspaper’s retired Medical Examiner to review the skin slides and samples of Rainey?

What are they hiding?

If they had nothing to hide then they’d follow the law and allow the skin slides and samples from Rainey to be reviewed.  The Dade County Florida State Attorney and Medical Examiner obviously thought they could make the far-fetched claims they made on the Rainey case, concerning the condition of Rainey’s skin, and that nobody would try to have an independent examiner look at the skin slides and samples from Rainey.

It’s very easy to make a statement unsupported by evidence, but when somebody says prove it by showing me the evidence, and you don’t show the evidence, you clearly tell all people that your statements about the condition of Rainey’s skin, Ms. Katherine Rundle, were false.  

Please share this blog with your friends and with anybody you believe would like to join us in our fight for the value of life.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader’