The Florida Roundup: The Problems In Prisons

Jul 11, 2014


Inmate Darren Rainey, left, died in an excruciatingly hot shower as alleged punishment for defecating in his cell. A whistleblower suit filed this week concerns the death of inmate Randall Jordan-Aparo, right, imprisoned for credit card fraud and drug charges, who died after being repeatedly gassed by prison guards.

It has been two years since the death of a mentally ill prison inmate in a scalding-hot shower. No one has been charged in that death; the two officers who allegedly punished him with the shower are still working at the facility. The head of the corrections department says he's frustrated that an investigation isn't finished yet. But many question why his outrage about the death comes only now.

Miami-Dade’s mayor proposes a budget keeping the county tax rates steady but could cut jobs and hours for some county services.

Plus, how the fall of Brazilian futebol in the World Cup may focus efforts on building up the country.

Host Tom Hudson speaks with Patricia Mazzei, Casey Frank and Steve Rothaus of the Miami Herald, Michael Mayo of the Sun Sentinel and Tim Padgett of WLRN-Miami Herald News.

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