MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The head of Florida’s prison system is heading to Dade Correctional Institution to try to help with the investigation into the death of a mentally ill inmate.
According to officials, the inmate died after he was left in a shower so hot his skin separated from his body.
Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews said Wednesday that he will meet with Miami-Dade police officials to offer assistance on the investigation.
The announcement comes several weeks after civil rights groups sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking for a federal investigation.
The groups say Darren Rainey was locked in a closet-size shower stall at the Dade Correctional Institution in June 2012 as a form of punishment. He was left unattended for two hours with scalding hot water that later measured as high as 180 degrees. He was found dead.
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