Dade Correctional Institution

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Dade Correctional Institution
Location19000 SW 377th St #200
Florida City, Florida
Statusopen
Security classmixed
Capacity1521
Opened1996
Managed byFlorida Department of Corrections
Dade Correctional Institution/Homestead Correctional Institution

The Dade Correctional Institution (Dade CI or DCI) is a prison in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida,[1] near Florida City,[2] and south of Homestead,[3] in Greater Miami. It houses adult males. It opened in September 1996.[2] It is a part of the Florida Department of Corrections, and is right next to the Homestead Correctional Institution which houses female inmates.[4]

It is about 40 miles (64 km) south of the Miami central business district.[5]

History[edit]

In 2003 Jerry Cummings, who had started working for the Florida prison system in 1974 and retired in 2000, rejoined FDOC and became the warden of Dade Correctional.[3]

In 2005, three prisoners escaped for an hour and a half, but were captured and sent back to prison.[6]

Controversies[edit]

In May 2014, Julie K. Brown of The Miami Herald wrote the first in a series of stories about violence and corruption at Dade CI and other prisons. She wrote that there had been constant accusations of poor treatment of mentally ill prisoners, poor conditions in the food preparation area, and other concerns.[7]

In 2014 former Dade CI prisoner Harold Hempstead accused prison authorities of fatally torturing prisoner Darren Rainey by scalding him with 180 °F (82 °C) water in a shower for hours, resulting in his body being found with strips of skin burned off.[8][9] At least eight other prisoners had also been subjected to a scalding shower within Dade's "Transitional Care Unit".[10]

In July 2014 Mike Crews, the FDOC secretary, suspended the warden of the Dade Correctional institution and put him on paid leave.[11] Later that month Cummings was fired.[12] Les Odom became the new warden.[3]

On Monday July 28, 2014 prison authorities discovered 35-year-old prisoner Lavar Valentin dead from strangulation. Valentin had expressed fear of his cellmate and authorities accused the cellmate of killing him.[7]

Another escape occurred in November 2014. West Palm Beach police apprehended the escaped prisoner.[13] This prisoner had a life sentence. Cummings said that he was not surprised by the fact that a prisoner had escaped, saying that he found guards derelict in duty in a surprise inspection. According to Cummings, "[Dade] is, by far, the most dangerous prison I’ve ever worked in."[3]

On April 29, 2022, four correctional officers were arrested for the February beating death of Ronald Ingram during a prisoner transfer. After a lengthy investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Ronald Connor, Jeremy Godbolt, Christopher Rolon and Kirk Walton. Ingram allegedly threw urine on a correctional officer and was beaten so severely he was carried to the transport van. Ingram was found dead hours later in Ocala, Florida.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Miami-Dade County, FL" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 90 (PDF p. 91/154). Retrieved 2022-08-13. Dade Correctional Instn
  2. ^ a b "Dade Correctional Institution." Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved on June 28, 2014. "19000 S.W. 377th Street Florida City, Florida 33034-6409"
  3. ^ a b c d Brown, Julie K. "Deposed warden says Dade Correctional was a dysfunctional mess" (Archive). Miami Herald. November 2, 2014. Retrieved on July 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Facility Directory -- Florida Department of Corrections".
  5. ^ Press, Eyal. "Madness." The New Yorker. May 2, 2016. Retrieved on June 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Torres, Ginelle G. "Miami-dade Prison Escape Shortlived" (Archive). South Florida Sun Sentinel. April 30, 2005. Retrieved on June 28, 2014. "Three men who briefly escaped from a state prison in Homestead stole a pickup and led police on a chase that ended when they plunged the truck into a canal, authorities said. Miami-Dade police said the three convicted felons escaped from Dade Correctional Institution[...]"
  7. ^ a b Brown, Julie K. "Dade Correctional back in spotlight after strangling" (Archive). Miami Herald. August 1, 2014. Retrieved bn July 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Brown, Julie K. "Prisoner: I cleaned up skin of inmate scalded in shower; human-rights groups call for federal intervention" (Archive). Miami Herald. June 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Ferner, Matt (2017-08-04). "Autopsy Photos Of Inmate Allegedly 'Boiled' To Death Raise Questions About State's Report". HuffPost. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  10. ^ Press, Eyal (25 April 2016). "The Torturing of Mentally Ill Prisoners". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  11. ^ Cordner, Sascha. "DOC Sec. Crews Suspends Warden Over Inmate Death Two Years Ago" (Archive). WFSU. July 10, 2014. Retrieved on May 26, 2015.
  12. ^ Brown, Julie K. "Dade Correctional Institution warden fired after inmate death in shower reported" (Archive). Miami Herald. July 17, 2014. Retrieved on July 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Whigham, Julius II. "West Palm Beach cops nab convict who escaped from Homestead prison" () Palm Beach Post. Monday November 13, 2014. Retrieved on July 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "4 Florida State Corrections officers charged in murder of inmate".

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Coordinates: 25°24′49″N 80°29′54″W / 25.413703°N 80.498368°W / 25.413703; -80.498368