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.  

Ken Sumpter

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’

Department of Corrections IG

TCU Darren Rainey



If you go to the Pinellas County, Florida Clerk of Court records for the case I’m in prison on (Case No.: CRC 99-05695 FANO) it’ll show that my State Attorney used the following in Voir Dire as a way to tell the jury to not focus on small irrelevant facts that have no bearing on the trial.  The State Attorney said “Ladies and gentlemen, imagine if you would, you were at the Superbowl with fifty thousand people watching it in the stadium with you.  A man jumps out of the sitting area on to the field and kills a player.  Everybody watched the killing, you were all eyewitnesses, but none of your statements will be identical.  All the eyewitnesses will say the man who went on the field killed the player, but outside of that, to some degree or another, all the statements will be different.  Some might say it was sunny, others might say it was cloudy, many will say the killer was wearing clothing that he wasn’t wearing;  and so on and so forth.  The important thing about their statements is not the irrelevant facts, but that they all agreed that the man who went on the field killed the player”

Now the foregoing to some degree was improper in my trial because I wasn’t on trial for murder.  I was on trial for burglaries and dealing in stolen property.  However, what the State Attorney was in essence telling the jurors in my trial was to not focus on the small irrelevant facts but focus on the relevant facts.

From my 18 years of reading case law I have learned that it is a common thing for State Attorneys to tell jurors to not focus on the small, irrelevant facts but only on relevant facts.  As a certified paralegal I also learned the reasoning behind this in my college studies.  Small irrelevant facts have no bearing on a case.

Now please keep these things in mind as I explain something important the Dade County State Attorney stated in their 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute anybody for murdering Darren Rainey.

Multiple inmates that the State Attorney can verify were in the wing on the night Rainey was murdered gave statements during the investigation.  All of these inmates agreed on the following relevant facts:

(1)  Officer Roland Clark placed Rainey in the shower.

(2)  The shower had very hot water in it.

(3)  Rainey screamed while in the shower trying to get out of the shower.

(4)  Rainey died in the shower.

These are the important relevant facts.  The State stresses in their written decision that the witnesses didn’t agree on the actual time Rainey was placed in the shower and when he started to yell.  The witnesses agreed he died at night on 6/23/12 and that he yelled while in the shower, but the State Attorney nit-picks and blames witnesses to a brutal murder that happened months shy of 5 years ago for not keeping accurate time of when everything happened.  The majority of people in this world don’t think about documenting the time of when they are witnessing a brutal murder and the details that lead to that murder.  They are usually in shock and try to block out what they witnessed.

The inmate witnesses all agreed on the important facts:

(1)  Officer Roland Clark placed Rainey in the shower.

(2)  The shower had very hot water in it.

(3)  Rainey screamed in the shower trying to get out of the shower.

(4)  Rainey died in the shower.

I’m sure most (if not all) would agree with me that these are the important facts.

Why did the Dade County State Attorney focus on irrelevant facts and not these important facts?  Because to Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Darren Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner, and his life did not matter.  If Ms Rundle would have filed charges against Officer Clarke

(1)  She would have been prosecuting an officer who is a member of the PBA – a group strong enough to get her out of office.

(2)  The State Attorney would’ve had to pay a large quantity of money to prosecute the case and Rainey’s life to Ms Rundle wasn’t worth what it cost.

(3)  She would’ve broke the pattern her office has had for a very very long time of not prosecuting law enforcement officials who unlawfully murder African Americans.

These are the reasons why Ms Rundle in her 3/17/17 decision decided to focus on small irrelevant facts and not relevant facts.

Please share this blog with your friends and whoever you think could help with obtaining justice for the murder of Darren Rainey.  Please contact Revs. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the founders of Black Lives Matter and ask them for help in getting justice for Darren Rainey.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER. 

Caged Crusader


I believe that one of the reasons I was transferred from the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) on 3/17/17 to the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) was to hinder my communications with the media on the Darren Rainey murder case.  Why else would I have been sent outside of Florida 2 states away from Florida on the same day the Dade County State Attorney released their decision to not prosecute in the Darren Rainey case?

The Dade County State Attorney and FDC knew this would extremely hinder my ability to communicate with the media about the Dade County State Attorney’s decision and about their extreme twisting of the facts.  They knew that I would challenge their statements and twisting the most, so they decided to send me to another state on the same day they released their decisions.  By doing what they did it has made it where the State Attorney can tell their twisted facts on why they aren’t going to prosecute and the person who knows this case the best (me) (other than the media) is extremely hindered in challenging their statements.  Because I was deposited into another state prison system with none of my property on the day the State Attorney released their decision.

The things that FDC will do to cover up their evils and try to discredit their witnesses.

Please share this blog with your friends.  Please share this blog with anybody you know that can help with getting justice for Darren Rainey.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Caged Crusader

If Black Lives Matter Then The People Of Dade County Should Make Sure Katherine Fernandez Rundle Is Not Re-Elected As The Dade County State Attorney

“I believe Ms Rundle has again shown the people of Dade County that Black lives don’t matter in Dade County.  How has she done this?  By again not prosecuting a law enforcement official that killed an African American in Dade County.

The Medical Examiner Representative that was called to get Rainey’s body on the night he was killed, in his initial report talked about the damage to Darren Rainey’s skin when he seen his body within hours of the murder.  Now they say Rainey’s skin showed no damage.

A nurse working on the night Rainey was murdered told the Miami Herald in a May 18th or 19th, 2014 article how hot Rainey’s body was after being cooked in water that exceeded 180 degrees.  Now they say his body wasn’t hot.

Mark Joiner talked about how he was forced to clean up Rainey’s skin.

An inmate wrote a letter to the FDC Inspector General’s Office the day after Rainey was murdered saying Dade C.I. staff killed Darren Rainey.

Several other inmates said Dade C.I. staff killed Darren Rainey.

Two Dade C.I. mental health staff in Miami Herald articles and in the New Yorker magazine article called ‘Madness,’ spoke about the torturing and abuse in the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit (TCU).

The Miami Federal  District Court in Case # 1 : 14 – cv – 23323 allowed a federal lawsuit to be settled in favor of Disability Rights Florida because Julie Jones and FDC agreed that the conditions of the Dade C.I. TCU were unconstitutional.  The lawsuit in this case mentions in detail the shower treatment that 4 inmates other than Rainey received and how Rainey was killed in said shower.  This doesn’t include what I witnessed and dozens of other pieces of evidence.

Now after having to push the Miami Dade Police Department and Dade County State Attorney’s Office to investigate the brutal murder of Poor, Black, Mentally Disabled, Muslim Prisoner Darren Rainey, how has the Dade County State Attorney responded?  They responded by saying you should’ve seen that we didn’t want to investigate this case.  You should’ve known we will not prosecute our own when they kill African Americans.  You should’ve known that Darren Rainey was a Poor, Black,  Mentally Disabled, Muslim Prisoner and his life did not matter.

Ms Rundle – Darren Rainey’s life did matter.”

Harold Hempstead, March 27th, 2017

T.D.O.C #577366, 21B cell 206A, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, 1045 Horsehead Rd., Pikeville, Tennessee 37367, USA.



FDC is Florida Department of Corrections.

C.I. means Correctional Institution

TCU means Transitional Care Unit.  It’s the mental hospital unit at Dade C.I. where suffering inmate/patients are ‘treated.’

When asked what to do with the pieces of Darren Rainey’s skin that he’d collected from the ‘special’ shower, Mark Joiner was told to “throw it in the trash.”  This was, apart from being a man’s skin, vital physical evidence that the police failed to collect, let alone respect.   

The fact that inmates wrote letters of complaint over this killing is highly significant.  This is portrayed negatively by the authorities in media reports as convicts trying to gain some advantage by making such statements.  The reality is that these inmates are risking their very lives at the hands of the guards by testifying.  Last year FDC staff were involved in 366 ‘inmate-fatalities’ in Florida prisons.

When previously taken to court in Miami over the events concerning the ‘special shower’ at Dade C.I., Julie Jones’s FDC admitted that conditions there were unconstitutional.

Madness by Eyal Press, The New Yorker

Also by Eyal Press – A Death In A Florida Prison Goes Unpunished

Huffington Post – Vital reading on the Darren Rainey case

10 minute video interview with Harold by Miami Herald’s Julie Brown


Florida D.C.’s Dangerous Games With Free Speech USA

“He squeezed my throat and said, “you could have had a serious accident, but instead your being spared.  Don’t forget that.  You hear me?”

When the Sgt. let go of my throat, Cpt. Schrank said, “you really p-ssed off the wrong person.”

More testimony of violent assault, serious retaliation and attempted repression of free speech of the Rainey murder witness Harold Hempstead, by Florida Department of Corrections staff.

A few weeks before the night when he was awoken in the small hours, knocked around and transported to Tennessee – on the very same day the Rundle report was released – Harold Hempstead, the key-witness in the torture/murder of Darren Rainey, wrote a sworn affidavit about some of the retaliation he’s received from the Florida Department of Corrections. 

Here’s a brief account from Harold on the manner of his departure from Florida: 

“When I was being escorted from my cell to the front of Hardee C.I., Cpt. Schrank was telling Sgt. Hamilton (one of the 2 staff escorting me) that Hardee C.I. Warden Lamb was waken by Tallahassee just a few hours prior to 3.30am and told to over see my leaving Hardee C.I. to go to RMC.  Hardee C.I. records will show that Travis Lamb got to the compound after midnight to over see my leaving Hardee C.I. When we got to the main control area another Sgt. working Main Control told Cpt. Schrank that Warden Lamb just dropped off my Classification and Medical Records.

While in front of the Main Control area, Cpt.Schrank told Sgt. Hamilton “Serg. It’s on you.”  Sgt. Hamilton then slapped me with an open hand.  Ofc. Cabrara helped me back up, as he was saying “Get up Hempstead”  Ofc. Cabrara then held me from behind by both my arms, as Sgt. Hamilton grabbed my throat.  He squeezed my throat and said, “you could have had a serious accident, but instead your being spared.  Don’t forget that.  You hear me?”

When the Sgt. let go of my throat, Cpt. Schrank said, “you really p-ssed off the wrong person.  Think about what he said and think about it hard.”  This was the only incident I had where a staff physically battered me, and it happened obviously as a result of my sworn affidavits and letter to Miguel that I previously mentioned, and it happened on the day I was Interstate-Compacted.  When Ofc. Cabrara let me go he punched me in my lower back. 

I was told prior to leaving my cell at 3.30am to go up to the front of Hardee C.I. by Cpt. Schrank, that my property would be thrown in the trash.

On 3/21/17 I filed 5 grievances here on everything that happened on 3/17/17 , and on 3/22/17 I filed another grievance addressing the events that happened on 3/17/17.”

The following document speaks for itself, so I won’t say too much about it.  One thing that does seem hugely significant however, is that FDC seem to be implying that they could not adequately protect Harold Hempstead in General Population in any prison in Florida, allegedly due to his high-profile status as a witness to official wrong-doing – he’s publicly accused guards of murder and torture, as well as exposing many other extremely serious matters.    This makes a mockery of FDC Secretary Julie Jones’ recent memo to the entire department stating that there was a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy towards retaliation of any kind.  The fact that FDC cannot protect Harold Hempstead surely proves that it is failing to do the job it exists for – to safely and legally contain those sentenced to be held in state-custody.  You see, it’s not protection from other inmates that Julie Jones’ department said Harold needed – but rather protection from those sworn to uphold the law and the constitution, namely the staff of the Florida Department of Corrections.


To:  Federal Bureau of Investigations, Attn:  James Killpatrick, 3725 South East 14th Court, Homestead, Florida 33035.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Attn:  Commissioner Rick Swearingen, P.O. Box 1489,  Tallahassee, Florida 32302.

James Cook, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 10021, Tallahassee, Florida 33302.

Miami Herald Newspaper, Attn:  Julie Brown, 3511 Northwest 91st Avenue, Miami, Florida 33172.

Immediately following the May 18 and 19, 2014 Miami Herald news articles on the murder of Darren Rainey and other matters at Dade Correctional Institution (Dade C.I.) I was placed on Protective Management (PM) status based on Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) staff contending I had statewide protection issues with FDC staff (especially from Dade County) as a result of my link to the high profile investigations into the murder of Darren Rainey and the torturing of mentally disabled inmates at Dade C.I.

Around the beginning of March 2016 till May 25, 2016, the Martin C.I. administration (i.e. Elizabeth Mallard, Mr Parrish, Mr Swineberg, Colonel Reid, and Ms Posten) subjected me to numerous forms of retaliation after they discovered I was communicating with the media, Civil Rights groups, etc. about the unconstitutional conditions of FDC PM units.  I reported this retaliation to the FDC Inspector General’s office in 16 calls that I made via the prison TIP line.  The following mailbox numbers were assigned to these calls:  calls made on 5/8/16: 971527, 127485, 316384, 188725, 812239 (this last number might be off by one number.  It’s one of the 5 calls I made on 5/8/16.)  Calls made on 5/15/16:  168806, 593692, 829299, 144286.  Call made on 5/23/16: 611038.  FDC procedure says these calls have to be saved for one year.

In addition to the above, I mailed letters and sworn affidavits to the Governor’s Chief Inspector General’s office, Melinda Miguel, that her office received on the following dates:  March 7, 30, 2016;  April 29, 2016;  and May 23, 24, 25 2016.  These letters and affidavits were given the following case number:  201512140002.  The following case numbers might also be helpful:  201511120004 and 201412110006 (letters received on November 12, 2015;  December 1, 15, 2015;  January 5, 2016;  February 16, 23, 2016.

Martin C.I. staff’s retaliatory actions they took against me to have me physically harmed because of me asserting my First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech in communicating with the media, civil rights groups, etc. about the unconstitutional conditions of FDC PM units violated my First Amendment Rights.  The FDC Inspector General’s Office’s failure to investigate my prison TIP calls and letters I mailed to the Chief Inspector General’s  Office and that her office forwarded to the FDC Inspector General’s Office violated the statutory duties of FDC Inspector General’s Office as clearly set forth in Florida Statute : 944.31.  Several Miami Herald news articles published between May 2014, and the date listed below talk about the failure of the FDC Inspector General’s Office to conduct investigations into issues that happened in FDC.  The FDC Inspector General’s Office under the leadership of Lester Fernandez is following in the shoes of his predecessor in not following the duties that his office is obligated to follow under Florida Statute : 944.31.  Also, FDC Region 4 Director Thomas Reid failed to comply with Governor Rick Scott’s May 8, 2015 Executive Order (Number 15 – 102) which states in Section 1.3 “each Director must ensure that each Correctional Facility in the Director’s assigned region maintains a retaliatory free environment, both for staff and inmates.”

On May 24, 2016 I was placed in Administrative Confinement pending a PM investigation.  Originally I was told this was because somebody called Martin C.I Warden Mallard and the FDC Main Office and said staff and inmates were involved with a plot to kill me.  FDC told people in society almost the same thing as they told me.  In the months to follow, FDC staff switched their statement 2 to 3 times concerning why I was placed in Administrative Confinement on May 24, 2016.  I was placed under this investigation prior to being formally released from PM back to General Population.

On May 25, 2016 I was transferred by van from Martin C.I. to Okeechobee C.I.  My sister and I were later told by Thomas Reid that he directed I go by van directly to Okeechobee C.I. and not through South Florida Reception Centre, because of my sister’s May 2016 emails to the FBI, and because he knew my life would be in danger in Miami at SFRC.  It should be noted that for the 23 months I was on PM, FDC continued to say I had serious protection issues with FDC staff who knew me from Dade C.I., and Thomas Reid and Stephen Parker directed that the first institution I transfer to after being released from PM, was an institution that had 3 former Dade C.I. staff working at it that knew me from Dade C.I. (i.e. Warden Lars Severson, Ofc. Cooper, and Ms. Hall) and the wife of Dade C.I. Colonel Royce Marlow who I worked for as an orderly in the Dade C.I. TCU, and who was the Colonel at Dade C.I. the 6 months that the shower was being used as a torturing devise and on the night Darren Rainey was murdered in the shower.  Lars Severson, Ms. Hall, and Colonel Marlow all worked inside of the Dade C.I.TCU.

From May 25, 2016 till December 21, 2016, several attempts were made by Okeechobee C.I. staff to have me killed.  They made several attempts to label me as a snitch with the inmates at Okeechobee C.I. knowing that in most situations an inmate could be killed if he’s labelled as a snitch.  The only thing that prevented me from being killed was that a large quantity of the inmate population at Okeechobee C.I. was aware that staff had bad feelings toward me because of my documented prior communications with the media, civil rights groups, etc. about the murder of Darren Rainey and numerous other forms of misconduct by FDC staff.  The inmates that knew my past knew that FDC staff were falsely labelling me and they advised the other inmates on the compound of their belief.

In July 2016, I met with 2 men that said they were with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.   They said they were investigating an allegation made to crime stoppers concerning a plot to kill me at Martin C.I. involving staff and inmates.

Between August 2016 and December 2016, I met with Okeechobee C.I. Warden Lars Severson several times.  In 3 of our meetings we discussed him receiving information from somebody he wouldn’t identify alleging that somebody had made several calls to the “Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers (1-800-273-8477)”  alleging that there was a plot to kill me involving Okeechobee C.I. staff, and that FDC staff were involved with destroying and altering paperwork relating to plots to allegedly kill me at Martin C.I. and Okeechobee C.I.  In one of these meetings I was able to write the above 800 number and these 2 crime stopper case numbers down when he stepped out of the office for a minute:  Case numbers 104-65509 and 104-65662.  The paperwork that Lars Severson was reading from alleged  that the FDC Inspector General’s Office was involved with the altering and destruction of documents relating to me.  Lars Severson asked me what I thought about the calls and who did I think was behind it.  He further told me that as long as I’m at Okeechobee C.I., if I tell anybody in society about the calls he’d have to place me in confinement, because the calls named staff at Okeechobee C.I.  The paper I read when Lars Severson stepped out of the office named him, Cpt.Lankford, and Sgts. Sanders and Hunter.  Lars Severson didn’t tell me the names that the caller mentioned or that those mentioned were allegedly members of the Okeechobee  chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.  Lars Severson said he spoke with all his staff and he would ensure I’d be safe.  He said he believed an inmate made the calls.

On December 21, 2016 I was transferred from Okeechobee C.I. into Miami to SFRC.  In the less than a day I was there, I was labelled as a snitch by staff to an inmate and threatened to be killed if I didn’t stop talking about Dade C.I. and FDC.

While in transit at SFRC, CFRC, and upon my December 27, 2016 arrival to Hardee C.I. all the security staff present to some degree or another forced me to carry my approximately 5 boxes of property when I had a valid Medical Pass stating I’m not to lift anything over 15 pounds, nor was I to push or pull anything.  Staff forced me to lift said property when I was wearing a wrist support for my broken right wrist with cysts in it, and back-brace for my reduced cordis and back damage.  Now as a result of the foregoing my right leg and foot has been numb since around December 27, 2016.  Especially from my knee down, my right foot is about 75 percent numb.

Since my May 19, 2014 Transfer from Dade C.I. because of my link to the high profile investigations into the murder of Darren Rainey and the events that happened at Dade C.I., I’ve received 5 convicted killers as cellmates.  TJ was a meth and crack cocaine abuser in society who after being awake for days at a time would start stabbing and shooting people from hallucinations.  Eventually he killed a man and got placed in prison.  He was also a Satanist.  While housed with me he abused several drugs that made him stay awake for days at a time.  Medical and security had to remove him from my cell 2 times because he overdosed.  The next cellmate he had after I transferred from Columbia C.I. he stabbed in the eye with a pen and almost killed.  (i.e. JN.)  TS who was a convicted killer was addicted to spice which made him hallucinate and become violent.  FDC classification staff dismissed a disciplinary report he had for possession of spice so they could place him in a cell with me.  After Martin C.I. staff found-out that I had been communicating with the media, civil rights groups etc. about the conditions of FDC PM units they took me out of the cell I was housed in by myself and placed me in a cell with convicted killer RD (who was also in prison for sexual battery).  Following D, I was placed in a cell with JP who was a crack cocaine abuser in society who killed an older white lady in society and burned down her house.  Within a day of my December 27, 2016 arrival to Hardee C.I., I filed 3 informal grievances on housing issues prior to arrival to Hardee C.I.  On December 30, 2016 Hardee C.I. housing Sgt. Johnson called me to the property room to talk with her about my grievances.  One of the grievances I filed was on how I received 4 convicted killers as cellmates prior to my arrival to Hardee C.I.  Upon my arrival to Hardee C.I. I wasn’t given a cellmate.  Because New Year’s Day fell on Sunday FDC made New Year’s Day weekend to be from December 31, 2016 till January 2, 2017.  Accordingly, the next business working day that followed my December 30, 2016 conversation with Sgt. Johnson fell on January 3, 2017.  Sgt. Johnson, the next business working day after I spoke with her about receiving convicted killers as cellmates moved convicted killer TP into my cell.  A google search of the news articles on TP will reveal that he also has a history of abusing drugs that make him stay awake for days at a time and hallucinate.  I’m in prison for burglaries and dealing in stolen property.  None of the alleged victims were in their homes during the alleged commission of the burglaries.  My criminal case record will show that I’m convicted under a ringleader theory as a principal (Fla. Stat. : 777.011) and the legislative history of the organized dealing in stolen property charge I’m convicted under (Fla. Stat. : 812.019 (2)) will show my conviction is as a white collar criminal.  Also, FDC’s ‘Inmate Risk Management System / Sexual Risk Indicator’ (IRMS/SRI) system has me listed as an “identified prey” (IPY) and I have almost 8 years with no disciplinary reports in FDC.  In other words, FDC continues to house me with violent convicted drug using killers ever since I first started speaking with the media, civil rights groups, etc. about the Darren Rainey murder and other abuses by FDC staff.  The IRMS / SRI system and Fla. Stat. 944.012 (6) (B) prohibits the housing of violent inmates with non-violent inmates identified as preys.  FDC records will show that FDC has had a problem with cellmates killing and seriously harming their cellmates for many years now.

Since my December 27, 2016 arrival at Hardee C.I., I’ve discovered that a few staff at Hardee have a tendency to engage in retaliation against inmates who file grievances.  I was told that Sgt. Johnson has a history of doing such.  One of the things I was told Sgt. Johnson has a history of doing is placing the grievance filing inmate in a cell with an inmate she knows will not get along with him;  and that she has a practice of housing grievance filing inmates that she doesn’t like in C-dorm.  C-dorm houses the majority  of Hardee C.I.’s gang members.  A lot of them are also housed in B and D dorms.  By housing them in Hardee C.I.’s most violent dorms she knows they’ll eventually be hurt and possibly killed.

I’m requesting that the FBI and FDLE conduct investigations into these matters.


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

Executed on this   day of January 2017.

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

Harold Hempstead, D.C.# 268866, 62-102 Lower, Hardee Correctional Institution, 6901 State Road 62, Bowling Green, Florida 33834

C.C.  Howard Simon (ACLU of Florida)

Steven Wetstein (Stop Prison Abuse Now)

Randal Berg (Florida Justice Institute)

Craig Patrick (WTVT Fox 13 Tampa)

Eyal Press (New Yorker Magazine)

Michele Gillen (CBS4 Miami)

Clair McNeill (Tampa Bay Times)

Melinda Miguel (Chief Inspector General for the Governor)

Lester Fernandez (FDC Inspector General’s Office)

Windy Hempstead

Susan Chandler

George Mallinckrodt

Jeremy Schanche

David Richardson (Florida Senator)

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Harold Hempstead Free Speech USA 2017
 Jeremy Schanche can be reached via the contact page.