Over the approximately two years I worked in the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit (TCU) I discovered that one of the most common forms of unlawful punishment Dade C.I. staff subjected mentally disabled inmates to was denying the patients food. It was very common on all the shifts to deny inmates one to three of their meals a day. Dozens of security staff used to commonly do the foregoing. There were times I seen twenty to twenty-five inmates denied a meal in one day. This caused a lot of inmate-patients to lose large quantities of weight in the TCU in short periods of time. In two of my other blogs, I explained how Oscar Davis and Darrell Richardson, I believed, died from medical problems associated with being denied large quantities of food/starved over long periods of time. The Miami Herald newspaper referenced Dade C.I. TCU mentally disabled inmates being denied large quantities of food as punishment in several of the articles they published. In April, 2016 The New Yorker magazine published an article entitled ‘Madness’ which also mentions the foregoing. George Mallinckrodt who was a counsellor in the Dade C.I. TCU spoke about inmate-patients being denied large quantities of food in his book ‘Getting Away With Murder.’ This long-term abuse/torturing by denying mentally disabled inmates large quantities of food/starvation was happening in the same Dade C.I. TCU Darren Rainey was murdered in.
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I recently received a copy of the inmate mortality list for Dade C.I. for the years 2000 – 2017. When I was reading the names on the list I was shocked to see Darrell Richardson’s name on the list. In 2011 when I first seen black, mentally disabled inmate Darrell Richardson he was about 185 pounds of muscle. I was told he was in prison for killing two or three people and believe that he alleged Oprah Winfrey told him to do it. Darrell Richardson got Dade C.I. TCU security staff mad by always refusing to eat his food quickly and give his food tray back at meal times. After security staff made several attempts to get Darrell Richardson to comply with their orders to eat quickly and give them back the food trays when he was done eating and Richardson continued to give them problems with complying, they started placing his food in a styrofoam tray. After the styrofoam tray treatment didn’t work they started removing food from Darrell Richardson’s tray. They told him when they gave his tray to him with food missing from it that they removed food from it because he wasn’t eating quick enough so that meant there was too much food on the tray. As Richardson continued to not eat quickly and not return his styrofoam trays after meals, security staff decided they’d start withholding trays from him when they didn’t have time to get the styrofoam tray back from him.
In other words, when security staff knew prior to feeding a meal, they wouldn’t have enough time to deal with getting Richardson’s tray back from him, they just wouldn’t feed him. This was the treatment Richardson received for several months. How do I know this? Because I was the orderly serving the meals with security staff and because of my personal relationship with staff. The last time I seen Richardson (like Oscar Davis) was the day he was leaving the Dade C.I. TCU. He appeared to me to weigh under 120 pounds. He was so weak he had to be pushed in a wheelchair out of the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit. Darrell Richardson was the second inmate that I knew from Dade C.I. TCU that I believe died from a medical problem that came about as a result of being denied a large quantity of food on a daily basis for several months. I believe the security staff that used to deny Richardson food caused his death and are liable for murder if the extreme lack of food led to a medical condition that caused his death. Even though Richardson was a murderer who was a headache to Dade C.I. security staff, they had no right to deny him food as punishment. His mental disability is what caused him to be as he was. What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. The law mandated that security staff give Darrell Richardson three full meals a day. They didn’t follow the law. Richardson was a mentally disabled, black inmate. The Florida of Corrections swept what happened to Richardson under the rug and attempted to hide the Darrell Richardson case by not listing him on the inmate mortality list for Dade C.I. I wonder how many more inmates are not on the inmate mortality list that died at Dade C.I. or who Dade C.I. staff were behind the deaths of. I advised the Department of Justice of these matters concerning Darrell Richardson. Also, I filed FDC grievances on what happened to Oscar Davis and Darrell Richardson. This is another case that the Dade County Florida Medical Examiner, MDPD and Dade County State Attorney covered up. Why? Because just like with Darren Rainey and Oscar Davis, Darrell Richardson was a mentally disabled black inmate and to these agencies his life didn’t matter.
My dear friends, we are just starting. There is a lot to discuss. Darrell Richardson was denied food as a punishment in the same Dade C.I. TCU Darren Rainey was killed in.
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In 2011 when I arrived at the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit (TCU) there was a blind, mentally disabled inmate there named Oscar Davis. Oscar Davis was highly disliked by all of the staff and most of the inmates because of the charges he was incarcerated on and because he was very loud and disrespectful. It was alleged that he was in prison for raping a senior citizen and that he also dug out his own eyes. When I was an orderly in the Dade C.I. TCU I was the inmate who held the trays of food and gave the trays to the inmates during meal times. The inmate-patients were locked in their cells during meal times. The only way I could give the inmate-patients a tray was if security opened the food flaps for me to give the inmates their trays of food. If security didn’t want to feed an inmate-patient, they wouldn’t open the inmate’s food flap. This was done so much that it was common sense that the inmate-patients in the cells that didn’t have the food flaps opened, weren’t being fed. In 2011, one of the inmates that I witnessed be denied the most food was Oscar L. Davis. He was denied one to two meals a day (and sometimes three meals a day) for the months I knew him between April and December 2011. I watched his physical health get worse. I remember the day mental health specialist Dr Cesar told me Oscar Davis was taken to an outside doctor and that doctor said Davis was missing the type of vitamin in his body that allowed the doctor to know he was being denied large quantities of food. Dr Cesar then asked me if Oscar Davis was being fed. I told Dr Cesar to listen to what the outside doctor said. I also remember when security told me Oscar Davis was dying on the day he left the Dade C.I. TCU. Finally, I remember about two weeks after Davis left the Dade C.I. TCU, security telling me that Oscar Davis died.
Since 2011 I’ve believed that Oscar Davis being denied so much food contributed to his death. Am I wrong to believe that if the extreme lack of food caused Davis to have a medical condition that killed him, then those who denied Davis so much food killed him? Please tell me what you think. I’ve shared this issue with the Department of Justice and others. Oscar Davis was the first inmate that I knew, while at Dade C.I. TCU, who I believe staff killed. I admit I don’t have as much evidence on Oscar Davis as I do Darren Rainey, but I still think the extreme denial of food led to Davis dying. What happened to Oscar Davis was swept under the rug by the Florida Department of Corrections and covered up by the MDPD, Dade County Medical Examiner and Dade County State Attorney. How they seen it, Oscar Davis was a poor, black, mentally disabled inmate in prison for raping a senior citizen. I believe what is important is not who Oscar Davis was but that right is right and wrong is wrong. Nobody has the right to starve or kill somebody just because they don’t like them. We have to have an objective standard on the value of life and not a subjective standard. We must say the lives of all people matter, no matter their nationality, race, religion, creed, or position in this World. Anything less is an attack on the value of life. Oscar Davis was denied large quantities of food as punishment in the same Dade C.I. TCU Darren Rainey was killed in. 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 called THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.