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DOC Culture Enables Cover-Ups

George Mallinckrodt, a mental health counselor at the Dade Correctional Institution for three years, says there were many incidents in which guards beat prisoners and got away with it before the Miami Herald shone light on the scalding death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey.

Inthis opinion column  for the Herald, Mallinckrodt writes of other incidents and the pervasive fear of retaliation by health-care staff. He says it is imperative to have another, independent agency other than Department of Corrections in place to monitor and punish such incidents.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.