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