Almost two years ago, Darren Rainey was found dead in a scalding-hot shower at Dade Correctional Institution. Despite several accounts that the 50-year-old, mentally ill inmate’s death was the result of abuse, no one has been held accountable, nor has the medical examiner completed an autopsy.
George Mallinckrodt was a psychotherapist who counseled inmates at Dade Correctional. He has filed a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding Rainey’s death. Mallinckrodt talked with me as former employee about the culture of abuse he saw -- and fought -- at the prison.
01/29/14 Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions. He says he knows some were innocent. He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution. Is it better to anticipate one’s death and prepare for it? Or is it better to go quickly, quietly, without warning?