How are you doing?  Good, I pray.  As of the date (4/17/17) that I’m writing this I’ve been crusading for justice for the murder of Darren Rainey since I witnessed the evil that was done to him on 6/23/12.  By the Grace of God several other very loving people with big hearts have joined in the crusade when they heard how Rainey was so brutally murdered in the Dade C.I. TCU.  With June 23, 2017 being the fifth year, our crusade is not over.  As of the date of this letter, I haven’t been able to meet any of you or communicate with you in any way.  Not because I don’t want to.  God knows I do.  The only reason I haven’t been able to communicate with you is because I don’t know who any of you are or how to get in contact with you.  If I could speak with you, I’d have a lot to say to you, but if I could only say one thing to you, it would be this:  “will you please contact the founders and leaders of Black Lives Matter and Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and ask them for help in getting justice for the murder of Darren Rainey?”  These Civil Rights leaders will help us if you ask them to.  They are wanting to hear from you.  The contact information for these people can be found on the internet.  If for some reason you can’t obtain the contact information for the founders and leaders of Black Lives Matter and Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, my sister who manages the blog Help My Brother Harold Hempstead @ WordPress.com and the man who manages this blog can both help you obtain the contact information for these people.  Will you please show me kindness by contacting these Civil Rights leaders and asking them to help us with getting justice for Rainey’s murder?  Thank you.  If you’re reading this blog and you know how to contact any of Darren Rainey’s relatives, will you please send them a link to this blog or tell them how they can find and read this blog on the internet?

Harold Hempstead, a.k.a. Caged Crusader


Petition 4 Justice Muslim Torture Death Florida DC Sauna

The torture/murder of the black Muslim convict Darren Rainey in a locked chamber of super-heated steam was the catalyst that launched Harold Hempstead’s crusade for truth and justice.  Unable to keep silent after witnessing this horrifically evil event, he has spent his time since the 23rd June, 2012 murder, writing countless letters to the authorities, the media and the human rights community.  The responses from the State have been belated, inadequate and evasive.  Four and a half years later, Darren Rainey’s killers are still free.

If you share Harold’s belief that all human lives matter, then please take action, sign the petition to the Department of Justice and Dade County State Attorney, and share it widely – do it for Darren Rainey…


…because all of our lives matter,



Harold Hempstead Evidence Film Darren Rainey Murder

Jeremy Schanche reads a sworn statement by Harold Hempstead describing Darren Rainey’s murder by Officer Roland Clark.

On 23 June 2012, a black Muslim convict was tortured to death at Dade C.I. in Florida.  He was locked into a specially rigged shower stall for almost two hours, in temperatures of up to 183 Fahrenheit.  When he was eventually found, most of the skin had peeled away from his dead body.  An inmate was later ordered to throw the skin into the trash.  This brutal murder was covered up by guards and other authorities, until inmates, including Harold Hempstead, succeeded in finally contacting the Miami Herald newspaper, which broke the story.

Although the U.S. Constitution guarantees free speech, the reality of life in the Florida Department of Corrections, like its counterparts in many other American states, is different.  Inmates who merely file complaint forms, let alone talk to the press, can expect brutal retaliation from certain of the guards.  Inmates who stand up and blow the whistle on brutality, abuse and corruption are taking a great risk to their own safety, in a penal system that has degenerated into routine brutality, systematic starvation, and regular torture and murder.

This film should never have been made.  People should not be steamed to death in locked showers, screaming for mercy, dying alone in terror and agony.  USA is not the only nation to conceal horrors such as this, but the USA has a Constitution, a blueprint for justice, democracy and the rule of law – not all nations have such a thing.  Furthermore, the USA is a vital element of western culture and civilization.  For this nation to live up to its promise, its meaning and its true identity, something must change.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the Russian author of such books as Crime and Punishment said “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”  For ‘America’ to ever be ‘Great’ it’s going to have to take a radically different approach to the treatment of those it locks up and takes into its power.

This film has been made in an attempt to publicize the evidence of the prisoner, witness and whistle-blower Harold Hempstead who is endangering his own safety to bring justice for the murder of a mentally disturbed black Muslim man, Darren Rainey.  On 7th November 2016, the prisoner Daniel Geiger died in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections.  He is mentioned in the film as the inmate for whom the ‘shower-treatment’ was originally devised.  Daniel Geiger was put in the special shower on more than one occasion.  He was also systematically starved.  Regular food-deprivation was part of the regime at Dade Correctional Institution and Harold Hempstead is convinced that is has contributed to more than one death.

Records show that this prisoner’s weight at the start of his detention was 179lbs, which is just over 12 ¾ stone.  However, when New Yorker journalist Eyal Press spoke to Daniel Geiger’s mother, Mrs Debra Geiger, she reported that in 2012, her son had told her that his weight was down to 105lbs (7 ½ stone).

Whatever crimes a man may have committed, the Constitution, the foundation document of the nation, requires, in the name of the people, that convicts shall be treated according to lawfully encoded standards of justice and welfare, with recourse to legal redress of grievance and the free speech to do so.  While the rights of the convict are obviously considerably fewer than those of the free citizen, they are, nonetheless, clearly defined and enshrined in law, and should, when circumstances deem it necessary, be vigorously protected by we, the people.


  1. ‘Affiant’ means the author of an affidavit or witness-statement – which in this case is Harold Hempstead.
  2. ‘C.I.’in this context stands for ‘Correctional Institution’ or prison.
  3. In the film I wrongly stated that Harold was recruited at age 14. He was actually 13 when first employed by the St.Petersburg Police Department, Florida. (J.S.)

You can read a typescript of the affidavit read in the youtube movie here, where it was the first post published on this site:


Remember Darren Rainey.

Caged Crusader Advocates Disabled Rights Florida D.C.


Harold Hempstead takes on the cause of Disabled Rights in the Florida Department of Corrections.  From the information he’s also submitted to Rick Scott, Governor of Florida and the U.S. Department of Justice, it would seem that the needs and safety of the mobility-impaired inmates are not being taken seriously.  The following affidavit meticulously details the many obstacles and difficulties daily encountered by those convicts confined to wheelchairs.  Once again, the law has prescribed a series of measures to be taken and standards to be upheld and these are simply not being respected and implemented properly.  Once again, it takes the efforts of a prisoner to raise these matters and ask the authorities to uphold their own laws and regulations.  When those authorities start listening to Harold Hempstead and implementing the strategies already in place for protecting disabled rights, and basic human rights;  as well as the many other grave matters that he has raised;  then perhaps Florida can one day truly claim to be a place administered by justice, democracy and the rule of law. 


To:  U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington D.C. 20530.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, 400 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

Florida Department of Corrections,  Attn:  A.D.A. Coordinator, 501 South Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

The Federal A.D.A. Act (42 U.S.C. : 12101) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Acts (29 U.S.C. : 794) apply to prisoners,  Pennsylvania Department of Corrections V. Yeskey, 524 U.S. 206, 118 S.CT.1952 (1998);  Harris V. Thigpen, 941 F.3D 1495 (11th Cir. 1991).


The wheelchair impaired inmates are housed in 8 housing dorms at Okeechobee C.I.  In order for them: to leave their housing dorms and go to the chowhall 3 times a day to eat their meals;  to go to medical, dental and mental health call-outs for treatment;  to go to chapel, law-library, library, education and classification call-outs;  to go to the inmate canteen (commissary) to purchase food items, stationary and hygiene items;  and to go to the inmate visitation park for visitation they have to use the large quantity of interconnecting sidewalks.  The sidewalks have dozens of large cracks and minor potholes in them.  Oftentimes wheelchair impaired inmates are ejected from their wheelchairs when going over the cracks and by accident fall into the potholes.  28 CFR 361;  Ganstine V. Buss, 211 U.S. Dist. Lexis 148497.  This violation is causing A.D.A. inmates to be physically hurt.

The dirt and/or grass on both sides of all the sidewalks, etc. are parallel or lesser in elevation than the sidewalks.  Often times wheelchair impaired inmates roll off the sidewalks, or are pushed off the sidewalks by other inmates intentionally.  When this happens the wheelchair impaired inmate is ejected from his wheelchair when the wheels of the wheelchair hit the dirt and/or grass.  28 CFR 36.  This violation is causing A.D.A. inmates to be physically hurt.  If the dirt and/or grass was elevated above the sidewalks, etc. it would prevent the foregoing.

1.) 28 Code of Federal Regulations 36 is the A.D.A. Accessibility Guide.

The entrances to the 8 housing dorms and numerous other entrances at Okeechobee C.I. are unsafe for wheelchair impaired inmates to pass through.  The elevated steel that the wheelchair impaired inmates have to cross over in the entrance ways oftentimes causes them to be ejected from their wheelchairs if they’re not very careful.  28 CFR 36.  This violation is causing A.D.A. inmates to be physically hurt.

Several of the restrooms at Okeechobee C.I. don’t provide accessible door hardware that can be opened with a closed fist as required by 28 CFR 36 Section 4.23.9.

Securely attached matts are not provided at the entrance of each building and into each wheelchair impaired shower in violation of 28 CFR 36 Section 4.5.3.

The counter in the law library that law clerks and orderlies stand behind to help the inmate population with their law work is more than 34 inches high from the floor in violation of 28 CFR 36 Section 5.2.

The U.S. postal mailbox and inmate request box are more than 34 inches high from the ground in violation of 28 CFR 36 Section 5.2.

The restrooms don’t have papertowel dispensers at an accessible height in violation of 28 CFR 36 4.22.7.

Okeechobee C.I. doesn’t provide adequate direction and accurate information signage for A.D.A. inmates in violation of 28 CFR Section 4.1.3 (16).

Okeechobee C.I. has 36 wheelchair accessible cells.  6 of these cells are in confinement wings.  Okeechobee C.I. doesn’t have a sufficient amount of wheelchair accessible cells to house wheelchair impaired inmates in violation of 28 CFR 36;  Florida Statute 553.503.  This is causing wheelchair impaired inmates to be housed in cells and living quarters that are not in compliance with the A.D.A.

The wheelchair impaired inmate showers have showerheads stuck to the walls like non A.D.A. wheelchair impaired showers.  These types of showerheads make it where wheelchair impaired inmates can’t properly wash the whole backside of their bodies that are in the wheelchairs.  Okeechobee C.I.’s failure to provide handheld showerheads that are connected to the showerheads on the walls via a hose so wheelchair impaired inmates can properly shower themselves is causing them to be denied proper hygiene and is in violation of 28 CFR 36.

Okeechobee C.I. has 2 inmate recreation yards.  One of the recreation yards doesn’t have any cement, etc. sidewalks on it.  Wheelchair impaired inmates cannot access it.  As it concerns the second recreation yard, wheelchair impaired inmates have sidewalks that go to the front and side of the recreation building, basketball court, small pavilion, and toilets.  On this recreation yard wheelchair impaired inmates don’t have access to the 2 large pavilions, 2 water kegs, the football and soccor fields; and because the basketball court only has enough cement to make the court, wheelchair impaired inmates cannot park their wheelchairs on the basketball court.  These violations prohibit wheelchair impaired inmates from being able to watch sporting events like the rest of the general population.  Approximately 90 percent of this recreation yard cannot be accessed by wheelchair impaired inmates.  None of the 3 pavilions have tables under them that can be used by wheelchair impaired inmates.  Neither of the recreation yards have a cement sidewalk that go all around them for wheelchair impaired inmates.  These violations make it where wheelchair impaired inmates don’t go to the recreation yards to sit in the sun, get fresh air, or watch sporting events.  28 CFR 36;  Florida Accessibility Code (Florida Statute 553.503);  Ganstine V. Buss, 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 148497 (2011).

Wheelchair impaired inmates cannot have access to the inmate canteens;  medical, mental health, dental and classification departments, pilline to receive medication;  and library, law library and education departments without travelling up and down inclined cement sidewalks.  Also, to exit the north and south chowhalls wheelchair impaired inmates have to travel down inclined cement sidewalks.  The health of a lot of the wheelchair impaired inmates prohibit them from being able to push themselves up the inclined cement sidewalks.  If a staff or inmate don’t help them up the inclined sidewalk, they’ll have to wait at the bottom of said sidewalk until somebody agrees to help them.  Also, a lot of the wheelchair impaired inmates can’t safely control their wheelchairs when having to travel down the inclined cement sidewalks.  This oftentimes scares them to attempt such.  Some of the wheelchair impaired inmates who attempt to travel down the inclined sidewalks without help end up hitting inmates at the bottom of the inclined sidewalks and sometimes hit the fences and/or go into the dirt and/or grass which are about 12 feet from the bottom of the inclined sidewalks.  Also, these inclined cement sidewalks don’t have handrails.  28 CFR 36.

Inmates that are acting as impaired assistants with wheelchair impaired inmates are extorting, physically and (possibly sexually) battering wheelchair impaired inmates.  28 CFR 36.

The law library at Okeechobee C.I. doesn’t have a primary research book/source for A.D.A. inmates to research A.D.A. violations.  This violation makes it where A.D.A. inmates can’t properly defend themselves against A.D.A. violations in violation of the A.D.A. and 28 CFR 36.


For the U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section, Florida Governor, and Florida Department of Corrections to take immediate action to correct the A.D.A. violations mentioned herein that are at Okeechobee Correctional Institution.

Executed on this 2 day of December 2016.


Under penalty of perjury I swear that everything stated herein is true and correct.

Affiant:  (Signature of Harold Hempstead appears here on original handwritten document)

Harold Hempstead, D.C.# 268866, Okeechobee Correctional Institution, 3420 North East 168th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972

C.C.  ACLU of Florida (Howard Simon)

Stop Prison Abuse Now (Steven Wetstein)

Disability Rights Florida (Molly Paris)

Florida Legal Service (Peter Sleasman)

Florida Justice Institute (Randall Berg)

Forgotten Majority

Human Rights Defence Center (Lance T.Weber)

Miami Herald Newspaper (Julie Brown)

WTVT Fox 13 Tampa (Craig Patrick)

CBS 4 Miami (Michele Gillen)

New Yorker Magazine (Eyal Press)

Tampa Bay Times

Palm Beach Post (Pat Beall)

Windy Hempstead

Susan Chandler

George Mallinckrodt

Jeremy Schanche

Florida D.C. v. Free Speech


Free Speech!  Wars are fought in its name.  Laws and Constitutions enshrine it.  It is one of the most fundamental freedoms at the heart of Western culture, yet its existence is under constant threat by agents of the State who are sworn and paid to protect it.  The following document from Harold Hempstead – key witness to the Rainey murder – shows the nature of the retaliation he and other inmates suffered as soon as it became known that they were planning to talk to the press about prison conditions.  I’m the Jeremy Schanche on the list of people the affidavit was copied to.  I can vouch for its contents as I only received my copy of it in January 2017 when it was eventually re-sent.  Various other letters and documents sent between Harold and me from the period he mentions also failed to arrive.

The Civil Right of convicted persons to engage in free speech is fully protected in Federal law.  Only a hopelessly corrupt regime would desire a situation in which prisoners are kept in such a state of terror that they dare not complain about the violent physical and extreme psychological abuse they are being tormented with.   If certain prisoners are prepared to risk getting their bones broken to get the truth out about corruption and torture in jail, perhaps there’s something us free citizens can do to help protect free speech too?


To:  Ms. Vanita Gupta, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20530.

Senator Greg Evers, 209 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502.

Wexford Health Sources Inc., 425 Holiday Drive, Foster Plaza Two, Pittsburg, PA. 15220.

American Civil Liberties Union, Attn: Howard Simon, 4500 Biscayne Blvd., #34o, Miami, Florida, 33137.

Stop Prison Abuse Now, Attn.:  Steven Wetstein, (Mailed to home address)

In March and April 2016, affiant mailed 2 different sworn affidavits about the unconstitutional conditions of Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Protective Management (PM) Units to the Department of Justice, and almost 2 dozen representatives of the State of Florida, Human Rights leaders, news reporters, and bloggers.  Copies of these sworn affidavits can be read at http://www.helpmybrotherharoldhempstead.wordpress.com;  http://www.wobblywarrior.wordpress.com;  Stop Prison Abuse Now (SPAN) at Nations Inside;  www.savetheholyheadland.blogspot.com. 

About the second week of March 2016, a reporter with the Miami Herald newspaper started making arrangements to interview several inmates at Martin C.I. about among others things  unconstitutional conditions in FDC PM units.  Affiant was one of these inmates.

Immediately following the reporter discussing the names of the inmates she wanted to speak with, several of the inmates started reporting being subjected to different types of reprisal by Martin C.I. staff.

From the time arrangements started being made for 67 year old L.S. to speak with the reporter, he was mysteriously moved from the cell he had been in for over a year into a different cell, and then given 3 gang members as cellmates over the next about 30 days.

Inmate J.C. was placed in confinement within about 10 days prior to speaking with the reporter.  Inmate J.C. reported that he went to confinement for possession of ink.  Ink pens are sold in the inmate canteen.

Inmate F.H. reported that he was threatened by a correctional officer on the way to his interview with the reporter, and punched in his face by a correctional officer on the way back to his housing dorm from the foregoing interview. 

Affiant has been subjected to the following forms of retaliation since around the middle of March 2016:

1)  Mailroom Supervisor Ms. Walker started withholding his incoming and outgoing mail.  Ms. Walker withheld mail affiant mailed {1} The Miami Herald newspaper;  {2} Florida ACLU Director Howard Simon;  and {3} several personal letter affiant mailed family and friends.  Ms.Walker also withheld mail mailed to the affiant from:  The Miami Herald newspaper;  Ministry of Reconciliation Outreach;  Human Rights leaders;  and possibly other individuals.

2)  ARNP Chatalier discontinued affiant’s low residue diet which he started receiving about 6 years ago for his stomach condition that causes him to go number 2 up to 7 time a day and gives him severe stomach pain.  Since affiant’s diet was discontinued on April 7, 2016, he’s had severe stomach pain and has been going number 2 an average of 5 times a day.

3)  Affiant has sinus rhythm with sinus arrhythmia.  On May 2, 2016 affiant passed out in his cell, and reported the foregoing to classification officer Ms. Posten, and correctional officers Johnson and Pellirenne, affiant wasn’t permitted to see medical.  Affiant has advised Martin C.I. staff for several weeks now that he has been having chest pain, and over these last about 3 weeks affiant has not been allowed to see medical.

4)  On April 7, 2016 ARNP Chatalier also tampered with affiant’s pain medicine and discontinued affiants allergy medicine.  Now affiant has no pain medicine for his broken right wrist, sciatic nerve damage, and hurt back.  Affiant has been living in pain with the foregoing medical problems.

5)  Affiant has 2 or more cyst in his right wrist.  Medical is refusing to prescribed affiant an antibiotic to prevent infection from entering affiant’s body.

6)  Affiant was approved to see an orthopaedic surgeon for wrist surgery prior to this retaliation starting.  Health Service Administrator Ms. Rebele told affiant he will be taken out of his cell and placed in another cell the night prior to his surgery.  The foregoing and the conditions present in the other cell would violate affiants’ 8th Amendment Right to Protection from cruel and unusual punishment.  Ms. Rebele told affiant that if didn’t want to submit to the foregoing conditions, he would be denied wrist surgery on his broken right wrist. 

7)  Since around April 10, 2016 affiant stopped receiving his FDC grievances back that he filed on the issues mentioned herein.

8)  Around January 2016 Robert Hendry (Present Bureau Chief of Security), Martin C.I. Assistant Warden Royce Marlow, and Martin C.I. Colonel Colon placed affiant on House Alone Status in Cell B2-102 Single based on the fact that one of his prior cellmates’ (TJ) attempted to kill a cellmate (JN) that TJ had after affiant.  TJ and the affiant were not compatible as cellmates they should’ve never been housed in the same cell.  On May 6, 2016 affiant was moved from Cell B2-102 Single to B2-108 Lower by Martin C.I. Warden Elizabeth Mallard, Assistant Warden Mr. Swineburg, and Classification Supervisor Mr. Parrish.  The mounted security camera tapes for Bravo Dorm Wing 2 on May 6, 2016 between 11:30am and 12:00pm will show the three foregoing staff in affiants’ cell (B2-102 Single) taking a picture and talking to the affiant.  This was prior to these staff moving affiant to Cell B2-108 Lower.  The foregoing staff moved affiant into Cell B2-108 Lower with inmate RD whose criminal history proves he has a very long history of physical and sexual violence.  FDC records will prove that RD shouldn’t be housed with the affiant by the Inmate Risk Management System / Sexual Risk Indicator (IRMS / SRI) system.  Affiant is listed as Identified Prey (IPY) on the IRMS / SRI system.  Housing violent offenders with non-violent offenders violates state law.

After affiant’s 6 May 2016 retaliatory cell change, Martin C.I. staff have alleged that they moved inmate YN into affiant’s prior cell (B-102 Single) because he qualifies to be housed in said cell.  The grievances and requests form in inmate YN’s classification files show that he has been told for over 4 months that he doesn’t qualify to be housed alone for any reason.  Also, in January and March 2016, the ADA Team at Martin C.I. told inmate YN that he doesn’t qualify to be housed alone.  Finally, FDC staff  Robert Hendry, Royce Marlow, and Colonel Colon have held that inmate YN doesn’t qualify to be housed alone.  Accordingly, there’s substantial evidence that proves that the following mentioned Martin C.I. staff didn’t move inmate YN into B2-102 Single because he qualified for said cell, but because said staff wanted affiant to be housed in the cell where inmate YN was housed (B2-108 Lower) with a physical and sexual violent offender.

9)  In the month of March Warden Mallard told affiant that he had to place all his active legal materials in the Law Library where he could access it 6 days (but only 1 day) a week to obtain access to the courts on his legal matters.  This is in violation of FAC 33-501.301 (4) (C) which says inmates will be afforded access to their legal materials.  The law library storage records will prove thousands of pages of affiants’ law work is in the Law Library storage closet where affiant can’t access it 6 days a week.  This is in violation of his First Amendment right to access to the courts.

On May 6th, 2016 affiant was threatened between 11:30 and 12:00 in the morning with frivolous Disciplinary Reports, to be placed in confinement, and to have his personal property taken from him.  This threat was by staff.

Affiant has filed several complaints with Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel concerning the retaliation by Martin C.I. staff, and the unconstitutional conditions in FDC PM Units.  The following is a list of the dates on the letters he received from Miguel’s office and the case numbers her office assigned to affiants’ complaints: (1) November 12, 2015 (Case No.:201511120007);  (2) December 15, 2015 (Case No.: 201512140002);  (3) December 15, 2015 (Case No.: 201412110006);  (4) February 16, 2016 (Case No.: 201512140002);  (5) 2 letters on February 23, 2016 (Case No.: 201512140002 and 201511120004);  (6) March 7, 2016 (Case No.: 201512140002);  (7) March 30, 2016, (Case No.: 201512140002);  and (8) April 29, 2016 (Case No.: 201512140002).  Other than the foregoing, affiant has recently filed additional complaints with Miguel’s office.

On May 8 and 13, 2016 the affiant made a total of 9 TIP calls (where he gave his name and D.C. number) on the matters herein.  The following numbers were assigned to these prison TIP calls:  (1) 971527, (2) 127485, (3) 316384, (4) 812239, (5) 188725, (6) 168806, (7) 593692, (8) 829299, and (9) 144286.

On May 8, 2016 affiant’ sister (Windy Hempstead) sent an email to several FDC staff and others about the retaliation mentioned herein.

On May 13, 2016, Steven Wetstein of Stop Prison Abuse Now (SPAN) sent an email to McKinley Lewis and Timothy Reed about the retaliation mentioned herein.

Affiant is requesting that FDC please preserve the following recordings which are needed for criminal and civic reasons and for the DOJ: (1) The Martin C.I., Bravo Dorm, Wing 2 mounted security cameras tapes for May 2, 2016 between 8.00am and 8.30am;  May 6, 2016 between 11:30am and 12:00pm, and May 9, 2016 between 8:00am and 9:00am.  Also, the May 13, 2016 audio recording between an FDC Inspector (who affiant knew at Dade C.I.) and the affiant.  This recording will show affiant requested to see a doctor and went into some detail concerning the retaliation with his health and May 6, 2016 cell change.

FDC inmates need and want to help media and Human Rights leaders with trying to get FDC to become a safer place.  FDC inmates have a 1st Amendment Constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech to speak with the media and Human Rights leaders about the unconstitutional conditions in FDC.  When FDC staff take reprisal against inmates for doing the foregoing, FDC staff are not only violating the Federal Rights of prisoners, but they are also violating other rights of the media and Human Rights leaders.  Because this pattern and practice of FDC staff taking reprisal against inmates who speak-out against the conditions in FDC is statewide and systematic, and has lead to inmates being severely harmed and killed, affiant is requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct an investigation into the foregoing pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) (42 USC : 1997).


Under penalty of perjury I swear that all the facts stated herein are true and correct.

Executed on this — day of May 2016

Affiant (Signature of Harold Hempstead appears here on original, handwritten document)

Harold Hempstead, D.C.# 268866, Martin Correctional Institution, 1150 Southwest Allapattah Road, Indiantown, Florida 34956.

C.C.:  Florida Justice Institute (Randall C. Berg), Disability Rights Florida (Molly Paris), Forgotten Majority, Miami Herald (Julie Brown), CBS4 Miami (Michelle Gillen), WTVT Fox 13 Tampa (Craig Patrick), Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Commissioner), Chief Inspector General for the Governor (Melinda Miguel), FDC Inspector General (Kenneth Sumpter), Florida Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance, American Correctional Association Standards and Accreditation Department, Windy Hempstead, Susan Chandler, Jeremy Schanche, George Mallinckrodt.