Thursday, 16 February 2017

Florida Stop Endangering The Witness To Your Crimes

Harold Hempstead Caged Crusader Wordpress dot com – Darren Rainey, black Muslim tortured/killed by Florida prison guards – Harold Hempstead, white Christian risks life to bear witness to the crime… Please see the new site dedicated to the work of Harold Hempstead who is a major whistle-blower on the grave human rights violations in the Florida Department of Corrections and the murder of Darren Rainey. 

This story is so murky and entangled it’s hard to know where to begin.  I’ll try to summarize for those of you who are not familiar with these events.  Harold Hempstead was illegally recruited by Florida police at the age of 13, for confidential operations.  He was involved in a great deal of danger and a world of corruption, from a young and impressionable age.  Having witnessed predatory activity of police, he tried to expose certain crimes committed by officers.  He was set up to be killed more than once by police and eventually found himself accused of dealing in stolen goods and organizing a ring of burglars to rob vacant houses.  All the actual robbers were given a deal whereby if they agreed to testify against Harold, they would not receive custodial sentences.  The prosecutors also tried to pressure his sister into testifying against him, with threats of framing her on similar charges.  All the robbers testified against Harold.  Various police detectives also testified against him – all of whom knew that he was working for police, three of whom had personally employed him. 
The (impartial) judge Brandt Downey III sentenced Harold to 165 (one hundred and sixty-five) years in jail, without parole, adding “you are a despicable human being.  I hope you die in jail..”
Nearly eighteen years later, Harold Hempstead has managed to survive the deadly gulag that is the Florida Department of Corrections.  He’s survived countless transfers to an endless series of different prisons, where Florida’s one hundred thousand inmates are housed, many of them in years-long solitary confinement.  He’s survived regimes where convicts would be woken in the middle of the night with barked orders to stand on a pair of footprints painted on the cell floor, or immediately get drenched in tear-gas and other toxic chemical-sprays that have killed many inmates.  He’s survived, so far, a system in which last year 366 inmates died in suspicious circumstances.  And he survived Dade. 
Dade Correctional Institution is where Darren Rainey was housed, in the Transitional Care Unit, or mental hospital within the prison.  This is a place so far gone in sadism, tyranny and dysfunction that new arrivals were greeted by a representative of the State of Florida telling them “welcome to Auschwitz,” and they meant what they said.  Inmates were systematically starved, leading to multiple deaths.  Inmates were bullied into attacking and raping each other by sadistic guards who seemed to know no bounds of humanity.  People were handcuffed and foot-cuffed before being kicked senseless by half a dozen burly guards.  Every manner of physical, sexual and psychological barbarity was practiced by these guards, whom the state was paying to protect these disturbed and tormented souls who had done wrong and fallen into the hands of the state.  Well, ostensibly they’d done wrong, but in at least one case, they were innocent people who should never even have been in prison at all. 
It was here in the ‘hospital’ that guards started using a specially hooked-up shower with two water inlets – a normal one and one from a sink that was hot enough to boil noodles with.  The staff had been using this water-supply to cook their snack-lunches.  After it was converted into a torture chamber in early 2012, five inmates were subjected to extreme temperatures for extended periods until they begged for mercy and were eventually let out with a promise of ‘good behaviour.’  The fifth inmate was dead when the shower door was opened and he’d lost most of his skin in the 183° water.   Harold Hempstead witnessed Darren Rainey being taken to the shower, heard the agonizing screams and cries for mercy, heard the thump of Rainey’s body collapsing and blocking the shower-drain and saw the guards carry his disfigured corpse right past his cell.
These nightmarish events so traumatised and galvanized Harold Hempstead, a devout Christian, that he set his mind to witnessing the truth of what happened to Darren Rainey.  Despite the authorities sordid attempts at a cover-up and at considerable ongoing risk to his own safety, Harold finally succeeded in revealing the Darren Rainey murder to the Miami Herald newspaper who published it. 
Since this time, the story has had very modest coverage in USA and virtually none internationally, outside the DIY blogosphere.  The Miami Herald have however published a series of excellent articles on FDC, as has Eyal Press in the New Yorker.  Four and a half years later though there has been no conclusion to the official enquiries by Florida authorities into the Rainey murder.  This is outrageous. 
Meantime, Harold Hempstead and other inmates continue to talk to the press from time to time and they are suffering extremely serious reprisals for it.  Harold has been deprived of his vitally needed medicines, had his operation for a broken wrist cancelled, his mail violated and stolen, legal papers removed and been housed with a series of convicted murderers who are also currently abusing spice and other drugs and getting into psychotic states in the cell with him.  This is all set up as retaliation and is the policy of Florida Department of Corrections. 
Rather than let his voice be stifled by fear, Harold has put out a stream of sworn statements, addressed to the Department of Justice, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Dade County State Attorney and the media and human rights organizations.  These statements are meticulously detailed accounts of the various crises in the Department, from murder to disabled abuse, from sexual predation of child prison visitors to the prevalence of razors, drugs etc. in the prisons. 
Because of the risks to himself that he is taking to seek justice over the murder of Darren Rainey, we’ve got up a petition to demand that the guards and the prison-authorities stop persecuting Harold Hempstead for practicing Free Speech, as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and international law. 
Harold is standing up for the rights of those who have no voice.  Will you join us?  Please take a moment to sign the petition for Harold’s safety.  There’s also a petition for justice for Darren Rainey – and the brand-new website dedicated to this cause – Harold Hempstead Caged Crusader Wordpress dot Com.  You hear a lot of talk about America these days – here’s a way you can actually do something to help – follow this campaign and spread our message.  Justice is for everyone because all lives matter.

And here's the Petition for Justice for Darren Rainey

Odetta – Another Man Done Gone
Rev. F.D Kirkpatrick with James Collier and Pete Seeger- 
Everybody's Got a Right To Live
Wailers – One Love

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Petition 4 Justice Muslim Torture Death Florida DC Sauna

The torture/murder of the black Muslim convict Darren Rainey in a locked chamber of super-heated steam was the catalyst that launched Harold Hempstead’s crusade for truth and justice.  Unable to keep silent after witnessing this horrifically evil event, he has spent his time since the 23rd June, 2012 murder, writing countless letters to the authorities, the media and the human rights community.  The responses from the State have been belated, inadequate and evasive.  Four and a half years later, Rainey’s killers are still free. 

If you share Harold’s belief that all human lives matter, then please take action, sign the petition to the Department of Justice and Dade County State Attorney, and share it widely – do it in memory of Darren Rainey...  

....because all our lives matter.
Petition authored by Harold Hempstead, Florida's Caged Crusader.

There is now a site dedicated to Harold Hempstead’s mission to get justice for the murder of Darren Rainey and all the numerous human rights abuses that he’s testified to.  This is an evidence-based website where you can find a wealth of meticulously detailed legal information on the grievous issues with the Florida Department of Corrections.  The site is intended to grow into an archive revealing the truth about the foregoing and it is hoped that this has some value to the media, human rights organizations, law enforcement agencies and to the people. 
Due to the brutal conditions in FDC, Harold Hempstead and other inmates have suffered severe persecution for telling the truth about their experiences.  For most of us who perhaps take our free speech for granted, it’s a little easier to express our views.

Instead of just talking about what’s happening in America, follow the Caged Crusader’s site and start taking action…..

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Harold Hempstead - Darren Rainey Murder Evidence, Dade C.I. 23 June 2012: Caged Crusader’s Witness Statement to US Department of Justice, Miami-Dade State Attorney, 5.5.2016

Jeremy Schanche reads a sworn statement by Harold Hempstead describing Darren Rainey’s murder by Officer Roland Clark.

On 23 June 2012, a black Muslim convict was tortured to death at Dade C.I. in Florida.  He was locked into a specially rigged shower stall for almost two hours, in temperatures of up to 183 Fahrenheit.  When he was eventually found, most of the skin had peeled away from his dead body.  An inmate was later ordered to throw the skin into the trash.  This brutal murder was covered up by guards and other authorities, until inmates, including Harold Hempstead, succeeded in finally contacting the Miami Herald newspaper, which broke the story. 
Although the U.S. Constitution guarantees free speech, the reality of life in the Florida Department of Corrections, like its counterparts in many other American states, is different.  Inmates who merely file complaint forms, let alone talk to the press, can expect brutal retaliation from certain of the guards.  Inmates who stand up and blow the whistle on brutality, abuse and corruption are taking a great risk to their own safety, in a penal system that has degenerated into routine brutality, systematic starvation, and regular torture and murder. 
This film should never have been made.  People should not be steamed to death in locked showers, screaming for mercy, dying alone in terror and agony.  USA is not the only nation to conceal horrors such as this, but the USA has a Constitution, a blueprint for justice, democracy and the rule of law – not all nations have such a thing.  Furthermore, the USA is a vital element of western culture and civilization.  For this nation to live up to its promise, its meaning and its true identity, something must change.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the Russian author of such books as Crime and Punishment said “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”  For ‘America’ to ever be ‘Great’ it’s going to have to take a radically different approach to the treatment of those it locks up and takes into its power.
This film has been made in an attempt to publicize the evidence of the prisoner, witness and whistle-blower Harold Hempstead who is endangering his own safety to bring justice for the murder of a mentally disturbed black Muslim man, Darren Rainey.  On 7th November 2016, the prisoner Daniel Geiger died in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections.  He is mentioned in the film as the inmate for whom the ‘shower-treatment’ was originally devised.  Daniel Geiger was put in the special shower on more than one occasion.  He was also systematically starved.  Regular food-deprivation was part of the regime at Dade Correctional Institution and Harold Hempstead is convinced that is has contributed to more than one death. 
Records show that this prisoner’s weight at the start of his detention was 179lbs, which is just over 12 ¾ stone.  However, when New Yorker journalist Eyal Press spoke to Daniel Geiger’s mother, Mrs Debra Geiger, she reported that in 2012, her son had told her that his weight was down to 105lbs (7 ½ stone).
Whatever crimes a man may have committed, the Constitution, the foundation document of the nation, requires, in the name of the people, that convicts shall be treated according to lawfully encoded standards of justice and welfare, with recourse to legal redress of grievance and the free speech to do so.  While the rights of the convict are obviously considerably fewer than those of the free citizen, they are, nonetheless, clearly defined and enshrined in law, and should, when circumstances deem it necessary, be vigorously protected by we, the people. 
1.  ‘Affiant’ means the author of an affidavit or witness-statement – which in this case is Harold Hempstead. 
2.  ‘C.I.’ stands for ‘Correctional Institution’ or prison.
Here’s the interview I did with Harold Hempstead in summer 2016 for my paper, The Limpet:
The first of numerous articles from the Miami Herald newspaper on the murder of Darren Rainey and conditions in the Florida Department of Corrections:
An in-depth look at Florida’s mistreatment of mentally-ill prisoners:
George Mallinckrodt is a psychotherapist and outspoken advocate for the mentally ill, who has written a book about his experiences working at Dade C.I.  Its central focus is the killing of Darren Rainey and it’s entitled Getting Away With Murder:
The blog of Harold Hempstead’s sister and advocate, Windy Hempstead:
Many articles on Darren Rainey, Harold Hempstead, FDC and more here:
Finally, here’s the written text of Harold Hempstead’s sworn affidavit of 5th May, 2016, the document read in the film, which describes the torture and murder of Darren Rainey that guards and officials tried to conceal.  Convict-whistle-blowers are taking an enormous risk by witnessing the truth and protecting society’s most vulnerable members.  Please help their work by reading and sharing the evidence.  Thank you and stay free.

Update:  25.1.2017: Over the last  couple of days I've been sending out the following email to various people.  It reached them all except The Tribune which was bought out and closed and Al Jazeera, who's contact form wasn't working.

Public Message To:  Ms Vanita Gupta, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney, Miami-Dade County, Florida;  FBI (Case Agent);  Miami-Dade Police Department (Case Detective);  Dade County Medical Examiner;  ACLU of Florida (Dr. Howard Simon); Stop Prison Abuse Now (Steven Wetstein);  Florida Legal Services (Peter Sleasman);  Disability Rights Florida (Molly Paris);  Florida Justice Institute (Randall Berg);  Forgotten Majority;  National Action Network (Rev. Al Sharpton);  Rainbow Push Coalition (Rev. Jesse Jackson);  National Domestic Workers Alliance (Alicia Garza); Black Alliance (Opal Tometi);  Nation of Islam (Louis Farrakhan);  Miami Herald Newspaper (Julie Brown);  CBS4 Miami (Michelle Gillen);  WTVT Fox 13 Tampa (Craig Patrick);  New Yorker Magazine (Eyal Press);  Windy Hempstead;  Susan Chandler;  George Mallinckrodt. 

C.C.:  Antonia Farzan, Miami New Times;  St.Petersburg Times;  Orlando Sentinel;  South Florida Sun Sentinel; The Tampa Tribune;  The Florida Times-Union;  The Palm Beach Post;  Sarasota Herald-Tribune;  The News Journal;  Florida Today;  Gainsville Sun;  New York Times;  Washington Post;  Russia Today;  Al Jazeera;  Black Lives Matter;  The London Times;  The Guardian;  The Independent;  Reprieve;  Amnesty International;  Big Issue;  Fulham Football Club, London;  Florida Tourist Board;  etc.

Brothers and Sisters,
You are receiving this message because your names appear on Harold Hempstead's affidavit of 5th May, 2016, detailing the murder of Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional Institution on 23rd June, 2012.  Since Mr Hempstead wanted you to receive the written evidence, I thought it might be useful to have it in video form too.
I am not aware of the current progress of the investigation into Mr Rainey's killing, four and a half years ago, but I feel that since the slaughter was initially concealed by the authorities, it is appropriate now to compensate for this by giving the event some more publicity.  
You may be wondering why Mr Rainey's death is a matter of concern to a foreigner - after all, Darren Rainey was a black-Muslim, a drug-user, mentally-disturbed and poor.  Well, I don't want a world where people are boiled to death in showers - I want a world of wisdom and compassion.
With thanks to all who are genuinely working for justice.
Good wishes,  Jeremy Sch@nche
Newlyn, Kernow, Great Britain.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Year of Revolutionary Love

Poor head-crazy primate Homo sapiens is in a collective confusion, riddled with angst, broiling with aggression and fundamental fear.  Ah, if only he knew his true nature.
We’re at a crossroads – like in the 1930’s – only now we have nuclear weapons.  We know now that the survival of the world depends upon swift international cooperation to cease the poisoning of this, our beautiful and mysterious home-planet whilst we still have the ghost of a chance. 
A new monster rises in the west.  A long shadow falls across the world, merging into the darkness of Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Daesh, Israel and all.  Few countries are innocent.  Few individuals are guilty.  If our authoritarian power structures are not working for us, then we must tear them down.  Life must change – or life will cease.  A fresh mind is required to face a problem like this, not a stale mind.  Will the comforts of beer, consumerism and TV keep us asleep forever? 
Can we ever learn from history?  Or will we go complacently to our doom?  To be honest with you folks, I’m kind of worried about that drunken gorilla that’s just taken over U.S.A.  He seems to embody ignorance, and that’s a very dangerous thing.  The thing with Chump is, essentially, Chump IS Capitalism.  He is its monster-spawn, its misbegotten eldritch halfling, its product.  Growing up in a monstrous situation, how could he fail to grow up a monster, it’s always the same with these kids from bad homes.  If the parents had had to live in reality like most of us, this would never have happened.  But since they grew up deprived of all of life’s morally strengthening experiences, well, what could you expect?  
It’s no joke though, as now the little bastard has his fat, sweaty, trembling pork-sausage of a finger hovering just over the button that destroys the planet. 
Well, what can you do?  Stop and think.  What can you do?  I suppose you can do what you can.  The trouble is, people don’t usually start moving until they are desperate, and not enough people are desperate enough – yet.  In 1917 they were desperate enough in Russia to overthrow the Czar and create a new type of society.  OK, it got fucked up by the Bolsheviks almost immediately and turned into a vile dictatorship of the inner party, but that’s another story.  Revolutions frequently go horribly wrong, but that does not necessarily justify the existence of the previous regime. 
Every single right we have was acquired by people demanding those rights from a position of strength.  You cannot demand your rights from a position of weakness.  Parliament, Votes for Commoners, Worker’s Rights,  Votes for Women, Civil Rights,  Animal Rights, Gay Rights, Legal Marijuana – you name it – they’ve all been achieved through struggle and sacrifice, in short, through activism. 
Of course, there was a lot of activism in the sixties.  Maybe the mind-expanding drugs had something to do with it – and of course, there was so much to be active about.  It was an ultra-politicised decade, but also a super-cultural decade, a veritable renaissance, which saw it’s great flowering in 1967, the Summer of Love.  Even as a small child I knew something was up. 
So look – it’s the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution and the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love – wouldn’t the obvious thing be to combine 1917’s zeal for social reform with 1967’s outpouring of transcendental love in 2017? 

Anyone got any better ideas?


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Diamond Dog Derek Thomas MP 1984

Derek Thomas, the famous scientist and  MP for St.Ives, Cornwall, was deeply involved in planning the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ which allows the various arms of the government, such as police, Fire Brigade, GCHQ, and various shadowy espionage/’security’ type departments to access your private communications such as emails, texts, phone calls, etc. etc.   (Tragically, both the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and the Scottish National Party under Nicola Sturgeon totally failed to oppose the Snooper's Charter - why??)  Cornish MP Derek Thomas, the ‘Creationist-Christian’ man of ‘god’  also wants to abolish the Human Rights Act.  His score on the Parliamentary Public Whip website for contributions to Human Rights is, oddly enough, zero (0).  When I met him I found him pleasant company and I very much enjoyed interviewing him for youtube back in the summer.  However, politicians are masters of the arts of charming and beguiling the public, whilst quietly stabbing them in the back.  I feel strongly that politicians should be judged on their political conduct, rather than their personal charm and affability. 
I’ve been waiting virtually six months for Derek’s promised reply from the government about why Britain – under Thatcher – never properly ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture.  He did recently claim to be doing ‘research’ into this question – but, perhaps cynically, I doubt that he has spent a great deal of the last six months studying this prescient point of international human rights legislation, let’s face it, the rights of other humans are obviously of little value to Derek Thomas and his reactionary party of callous greed and human misery.  Hey ho.

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

Derek Thomas MP for West Cornwall, plots the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ with his ‘colleagues’.  This is the most invasive and draconian piece of legislation of its kind to ever be imposed on a democratic nation.  Something to mention to your mates down the pub…

Behind the ‘nice-guy’ image, meet the real Derek Thomas MP, for, by their deeds shall ye know them:

What a total reactionary Derek truly is….. just  check him out:

Here’s where Derek and I had a friendly chat on film:

Meanwhile in the U.S.A…..
Boy (7, Black) allegedly drops litter.  Neighbour (white adult) chokes boy.  Mother calls police (Texas).  Police talks to Mum and neighbour.  Police ignores assault on black child and assaults mother, threatens child with stun-gun, arrests mother and two teenage daughters without charge.  Fort Worth police have already killed four people with stun-guns since 2004 (see Resist Cardiac Arrest).  The ‘officer’ in question never even recorded the original complaint about the assault of a child.    And people wonder why they get called racist motherfucking pigs…..   Justice demands the white neighbour and the white cop both be put on trial for the felony assault of a child and her innocent mother and sisters.  

RESIST CARDIAC ARREST- my campaign against taser-torture and fatalities:

Petition to Save Burton Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department – the British Conservative Party’s plan to close it will lead to unnecessary death and suffering - this is what's meant by the term 'class-war'...

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Caged Crusader Advocates Disabled Rights FDC

Harold Hempstead takes on the cause of Disabled Rights in the Florida Department of Corrections.  From the information he’s also submitted to Rick Scott, Governor of Florida and the U.S. Department of Justice, it would seem that the needs and safety of the mobility-impaired inmates are not being taken seriously.  The following affidavit meticulously details the many obstacles and difficulties daily encountered by those convicts confined to wheelchairs.  Once again, the law has prescribed a series of measures to be taken and standards to be upheld and these are simply not being respected and implemented properly.  Once again, it takes the efforts of a prisoner to raise these matters and ask the authorities to uphold their own laws and regulations.  When those authorities start listening to Harold Hempstead and implementing the strategies already in place for protecting disabled rights, and basic human rights;  as well as the many other grave matters that he has raised;  then perhaps Florida can one day truly claim to be a place administered by justice, democracy and the rule of law.  

To:  U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington D.C. 20530.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, 400 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.
Florida Department of Corrections,  Attn:  A.D.A. Coordinator, 501 South Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.
The Federal A.D.A. Act (42 U.S.C. : 12101) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Acts (29 U.S.C. : 794) apply to prisoners,  Pennsylvania Department of Corrections V. Yeskey, 524 U.S. 206, 118 S.CT.1952 (1998);  Harris V. Thigpen, 941 F.3D 1495 (11th Cir. 1991).
The wheelchair impaired inmates are housed in 8 housing dorms at Okeechobee C.I.  In order for them: to leave their housing dorms and go to the chowhall 3 times a day to eat their meals;  to go to medical, dental and mental health call-outs for treatment;  to go to chapel, law-library, library, education and classification call-outs;  to go to the inmate canteen (commissary) to purchase food items, stationary and hygiene items;  and to go to the inmate visitation park for visitation they have to use the large quantity of interconnecting sidewalks.  The sidewalks have dozens of large cracks and minor potholes in them.  Oftentimes wheelchair impaired inmates are ejected from their wheelchairs when going over the cracks and by accident fall into the potholes.  28 CFR 361;  Ganstine V. Buss, 211 U.S. Dist. Lexis 148497.  This violation is causing A.D.A. inmates to be physically hurt.
The dirt and/or grass on both sides of all the sidewalks, etc. are parallel or lesser in elevation than the sidewalks.  Often times wheelchair impaired inmates roll off the sidewalks, or are pushed off the sidewalks by other inmates intentionally.  When this happens the wheelchair impaired inmate is ejected from his wheelchair when the wheels of the wheelchair hit the dirt and/or grass.  28 CFR 36.  This violation is causing A.D.A. inmates to be physically hurt.  If the dirt and/or grass was elevated above the sidewalks, etc. it would prevent the foregoing.
1.) 28 Code of Federal Regulations 36 is the A.D.A. Accessibility Guide.
The entrances to the 8 housing dorms and numerous other entrances at Okeechobee C.I. are unsafe for wheelchair impaired inmates to pass through.  The elevated steel that the wheelchair impaired inmates have to cross over in the entrance ways oftentimes causes them to be ejected from their wheelchairs if they’re not very careful.  28 CFR 36.  This violation is causing A.D.A. inmates to be physically hurt.
Several of the restrooms at Okeechobee C.I. don’t provide accessible door hardware that can be opened with a closed fist as required by 28 CFR 36 Section 4.23.9.
Securely attached matts are not provided at the entrance of each building and into each wheelchair impaired shower in violation of 28 CFR 36 Section 4.5.3.
The counter in the law library that law clerks and orderlies stand behind to help the inmate population with their law work is more than 34 inches high from the floor in violation of 28 CFR 36 Section 5.2.
The U.S. postal mailbox and inmate request box are more than 34 inches high from the ground in violation of 28 CFR 36 Section 5.2.
The restrooms don’t have papertowel dispensers at an accessible height in violation of 28 CFR 36 4.22.7.
Okeechobee C.I. doesn’t provide adequate direction and accurate information signage for A.D.A. inmates in violation of 28 CFR Section 4.1.3 (16).
Okeechobee C.I. has 36 wheelchair accessible cells.  6 of these cells are in confinement wings.  Okeechobee C.I. doesn’t have a sufficient amount of wheelchair accessible cells to house wheelchair impaired inmates in violation of 28 CFR 36;  Florida Statute 553.503.  This is causing wheelchair impaired inmates to be housed in cells and living quarters that are not in compliance with the A.D.A.
The wheelchair impaired inmate showers have showerheads stuck to the walls like non A.D.A. wheelchair impaired showers.  These types of showerheads make it where wheelchair impaired inmates can’t properly wash the whole backside of their bodies that are in the wheelchairs.  Okeechobee C.I.’s failure to provide handheld showerheads that are connected to the showerheads on the walls via a hose so wheelchair impaired inmates can properly shower themselves is causing them to be denied proper hygiene and is in violation of 28 CFR 36.
Okeechobee C.I. has 2 inmate recreation yards.  One of the recreation yards doesn’t have any cement, etc. sidewalks on it.  Wheelchair impaired inmates cannot access it.  As it concerns the second recreation yard, wheelchair impaired inmates have sidewalks that go to the front and side of the recreation building, basketball court, small pavilion, and toilets.  On this recreation yard wheelchair impaired inmates don’t have access to the 2 large pavilions, 2 water kegs, the football and soccor fields; and because the basketball court only has enough cement to make the court, wheelchair impaired inmates cannot park their wheelchairs on the basketball court.  These violations prohibit wheelchair impaired inmates from being able to watch sporting events like the rest of the general population.  Approximately 90 percent of this recreation yard cannot be accessed by wheelchair impaired inmates.  None of the 3 pavilions have tables under them that can be used by wheelchair impaired inmates.  Neither of the recreation yards have a cement sidewalk that go all around them for wheelchair impaired inmates.  These violations make it where wheelchair impaired inmates don’t go to the recreation yards to sit in the sun, get fresh air, or watch sporting events.  28 CFR 36;  Florida Accessibility Code (Florida Statute 553.503);  Ganstine V. Buss, 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 148497 (2011).
Wheelchair impaired inmates cannot have access to the inmate canteens;  medical, mental health, dental and classification departments, pilline to receive medication;  and library, law library and education departments without travelling up and down inclined cement sidewalks.  Also, to exit the north and south chowhalls wheelchair impaired inmates have to travel down inclined cement sidewalks.  The health of a lot of the wheelchair impaired inmates prohibit them from being able to push themselves up the inclined cement sidewalks.  If a staff or inmate don’t help them up the inclined sidewalk, they’ll have to wait at the bottom of said sidewalk until somebody agrees to help them.  Also, a lot of the wheelchair impaired inmates can’t safely control their wheelchairs when having to travel down the inclined cement sidewalks.  This oftentimes scares them to attempt such.  Some of the wheelchair impaired inmates who attempt to travel down the inclined sidewalks without help end up hitting inmates at the bottom of the inclined sidewalks and sometimes hit the fences and/or go into the dirt and/or grass which are about 12 feet from the bottom of the inclined sidewalks.  Also, these inclined cement sidewalks don’t have handrails.  28 CFR 36.
Inmates that are acting as impaired assistants with wheelchair impaired inmates are extorting, physically and (possibly sexually) battering wheelchair impaired inmates.  28 CFR 36.
The law library at Okeechobee C.I. doesn’t have a primary research book/source for A.D.A. inmates to research A.D.A. violations.  This violation makes it where A.D.A. inmates can’t properly defend themselves against A.D.A. violations in violation of the A.D.A. and 28 CFR 36.
For the U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section, Florida Governor, and Florida Department of Corrections to take immediate action to correct the A.D.A. violations mentioned herein that are at Okeechobee Correctional Institution.
Executed on this 2 day of December 2016.
Under penalty of perjury I swear that everything stated herein is true and correct.
Affiant:  (Signature of Harold Hempstead appears here on original handwritten document)
Harold Hempstead, D.C.# 268866, Okeechobee Correctional Institution, 3420 North East 168th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
C.C.  ACLU of Florida (Howard Simon)
Stop Prison Abuse Now (Steven Wetstein)
Disability Rights Florida (Molly Paris)
Florida Legal Service (Peter Sleasman)
Florida Justice Institute (Randall Berg)
Forgotten Majority
Human Rights Defence Center (Lance T.Weber)
Miami Herald Newspaper (Julie Brown)
WTVT Fox 13 Tampa (Craig Patrick)
CBS 4 Miami (Michele Gillen)
New Yorker Magazine (Eyal Press)
Tampa Bay Times
Palm Beach Post (Pat Beall)
Windy Hempstead
Susan Chandler
George Mallinckrodt
Jeremy Schanche"

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Harold Hempstead before his incarceration

Other blog-posts on Harold Hempstead, Darren Rainey and the Florida Department of Corrections:
Here's an interview between Harold Hempstead and Jeremy Schanche of The Limpet:

Affidavit describing torture-murder of Darren Rainey in specially converted shower.  Also affidavit describing illegal mixing of prisoner-categories by FDC:

A post on Daniel Geiger who died in FDC custody on 7 November 2016.  He was tortured in the same shower as Darren Rainey and was subject to starvation.  His weight fell from 179 pounds to 105 during his imprisonment:

Harold Hempstead's affidavit of 4th November exposes the FDC's failure to protect children, as well as women and men, from sexual predators in Florida prison visitation parks:

My first blog on Florida Department of Corrections:

Petition to make Immunotherapy available for U.K. Cancer Patients - Please Sign:

Thursday, 8 December 2016

FDC Fails Child Protection Duty Harold Hempstead Testifies

Harold Hempstead speaks out from a Florida jail cell to inform the authorities – and the public – of the malpractice of the Florida Department of Corrections.  

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The neglect, failings and crimes of this department are innumerable and profoundly serious and, so far, Harold Hempstead, the ‘Caged Crusader’ has exposed murder, torture, starvation, brutality, corruption and failure to protect from harm.  
His tireless efforts, including writing over 80 letters of complaint to the Florida authorities, initiated an investigation into the slaughter of Darren Rainey – but only after Hempstead finally managed to contact the Miami Herald newspaper who broke the story.  Darren Rainey was killed in a 183° shower, in which he was locked for nearly two hours by a guard named Roland Clark on 23rd June 2012.  This specially adapted shower-stall had an extra water-inlet that was fed from a hot-tank in an adjoining closet.  This improvised torture-chamber was first tested on a convict named Daniel Geiger, who died in custody on 7th November 2016.  (See my previous blog)  On 5th May 2016 Harold Hempstead gave a highly detailed report of the extra-judicial killing of Darren Rainey to the U.S. Department of Justice, amongst other recipients.  On 15th March 2016 he submitted an affidavit describing FDC’s policy of deliberately mixing the categories of prisoners who are required by law to be separated.  The most vulnerable inmates are being preyed upon by the most dangerous and violent.  Once again, FDC is flagrantly failing to carry out its duties in a proper and lawful manner.  Links to these affidavits appear below. 

The affidavit of 4th November, 2016 describes FDC’s failure to protect children, women and men in the prison visitation parks, where sexual predators are free to abuse their victims.  The document contains material of a disturbing nature and is not suitable for young people – it is, however, highly suitable reading for the U.S. Department of Justice, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Children and Families, Chief Inspector General for the Governor,  etc.. 

To:  U.S. Department of Justice, Attn:  Vanita Gupta, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington D.C., 2053o.
Department of Children and Families, Attn:  Mike Carroll, Secretary, 2383 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Attn: Richard Swearingen, Commissioner, P.O.Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302.
Florida Department of Corrections {FDC} staff have been permitting sex offenders and predators to congregate with children at parks on a weekly basis at every close custody institution in Florida where sex offenders and predators are incarcerated.  These sex offenders and predators are committing lewd and lascivious acts and sexual battery on children and adults at the parks FDC is permitting them to visit.  FDC staff are aware of the foregoing and they haven’t done anything to stop the incarcerated sex offenders and predators from doing the foregoing.
Florida Statute :  775.21 is “The Florida Sexual Predators Act”.   Florida Statute : 775.21 (3) (A) and (B) reads:
“(A) Repeat sexual offenders who use physical violence, and sexual offenders who prey on children are sexual predators who present an extreme threat to the public safety.  Sexual offenders are extremely likely to use physical violence and to repeat their offenses, and most sexual offenders commit many offenses, have many more victims than are ever reported, and are prosecuted for only a fraction of their crimes.  This makes the cost of sexual offender victimisation to society at large, while incalculable, clearly exorbitant.”
“(B) The high level of threat that a sexual predator presents to the public safety, and the long term effects suffered by victims of sex offenses, provide the state with sufficient justification to implement a strategy…”
Florida Statute 775.21 (4) list the criteria that sex offenders must meet in order to be deemed a sexual predator. 
Florida Statute 775.21 (10) (B) explains how a sexual predator commits a felony, if he visits a business, school, child care facility, park, playground or other place where children regularly congregate even if their job requires them to do such.
The legislature deems protecting adults and children from sex offenders and predators so serious that they passed Florida Statute 775.215 (Residency Restriction For Persons Convicted Of Sex Offenses) making it a crime as high as a first degree felony for sex offenders to even have a residence within  1,000 feet of a school, child care facility, park, or playground.
If a judge issues an order preventing a sex offender or predator from having visitation with children while in FDC, FDC has a rule that says they will honor the foregoing type of court order (FAC 33-601.720).
 However, if a court doesn’t issue an order preventing a sex offender or predator from visiting with children, FDC staff won’t comply with the Florida statutes herein and other Florida statutes and limit them from visiting with children in FDC.
Also, FDC staff are allowing sex offenders and predators to receive visits from adults at the visitation parks in FDC on the same days, and at the same time, that inmates who aren’t sex offenders are receiving visits from children. 
 In other words FDC has been allowing convicted sex offenders and predators to attend the visitation park every Saturday and Sunday where the children of non-sex offenders are.  FDC has even been allowing sex offenders and predators who the court issued orders restricting their visitation with their kids and other kids to attend the visitation park every weekend where kids are visiting with inmates not convicted of sex offenses.  FDC’s reasoning behind the foregoing is that according to the paperwork the children are visiting with non-sex offenders.
Additionally, FDC staff are obviously aware of all the laws (statutes) mentioned herein and that they under any circumstance are not supposed to allow sex offenders or predators to attend visitation parks when children are congregating at them.  To permit the foregoing is to permit sex offenders and predators to violate the Florida statutes mentioned herein.
Also, sex offenders and predators are committing lewd and lascivious acts and sexual batteries on children in the visitation parks FDC staff are permitting them to visit.
Sex offenders and predators are known for looking at children very lustfully in visitation parks.  They are also known for looking up the dresses of ladies and juvenile girls and up the shorts of ladies and children.
Sex offenders and predators are known for showing the shape of their private area with their hands through their pants to ladies and children in visitation parks.
Sex offenders and predators place their children and children they know on other inmates visitation lists so the sex offenders and predators can visit with their children and children (i.e. their children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and friends children) in FDC visitation parks.
Sex offenders and predators touch the children of other visitors improperly in FDC visitation parks.  They hug children, tap kids on their buttocks, touch and grab their legs, and touch the private areas of children.
Sex offenders and predators use their fingers to penetrate the rectums and vaginas of juvenile females and the rectums of juvenile boys in FDC visitation parks.
FDC records show the visitation parks are insecure.  Records show cellular phones, narcotics, and tobacco are smuggled into FDC visitation parks on a weekly basis, and that inmates are having sexual relations in them with other adults.  These facts prove the insecure status of FDC visitation parks.
FDC is aware that the violations of the Florida statutes mentioned herein have been going on for a long time.  They have elected to not do anything about the foregoing because of the inconvenience it would cause them and because of how much it’d cost FDC to fix the foregoing problems.
During affiants’ close to 18 years of incarceration he’s witnessed the matters herein, has been told by other inmates who witnessed the foregoing, and has spoken with sex offenders that have done the foregoing.
Florida statute : 20.315 reads in part:  “…The Secretary is responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing the corrections system of the State.  The Secretary shall ensure that the programs and services of the Department are administered in accordance with State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations, with established program standards and consistent with legislative intent.”  The Secretary has failed to comply with this statute as it concerns the violations mentioned herein.
Florida statute : 944.31 reads in part:  “… The office of the Inspector General shall see that all the rules and regulations issued by the Department are strictly observed and followed by all persons connected with the correctional systems of the State…”  and “… The Inspector General and Inspectors shall be responsible for criminal and administrate investigation of matters relating to the Department of Corrections…”  The FDC Inspector General’s Office has failed to comply with this statute as it concerns the violations mentioned herein.
Florida Statute : 944.14 reads:  “Subject to the orders, policies, and regulations establish by the Department, it shall be the duties of the Wardens to supervise the government, discipline, and policy of the State correctional institutions, and to enforce all orders, rules and regulations.”  The Wardens at each institution have failed to comply with this statute as it concerns the violations mentioned herein.
Over the close to 18 years that affiant has been incarcerated in FDC other inmates have attempted to get FDC to correct the matters herein.  All of these inmates have been subjected to some type of retaliation.  History shows FDC would rather subject inmates to retaliation for trying to get this serious matter corrected then stop sex offenders and predators from committing the violations of state law mentioned herein. 
It is reasonable to say that thousands (if not tens of thousands) of sex offenders and predators in FDC are allowed to visit FDC visitation parks (FAC 33-601.721) where children congregate on a weekly basis.  Also, it’s fair to say that hundreds if not thousands of adults and children are being victimized on a weekly basis by the sex offenders and predators that are allowed to be in the visitation parks with them.   
Based on the foregoing affiant respectfully requests that the U.S. Department of Justice, Florida Department of Children and Families, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the matters stated herein, and that the Florida Department of Children and Families issue protective orders protecting the children of visitors to FDC from any further victimization by sexual offenders and predators.
Under penalty of perjury, I swear that everything stated herein is true and correct.
Date 11-4-16  Affiant : (signature appears here on original handwritten document)
Harold Hempstead, D.C.# 268866, Okeechobee Correctional Institution,  3420 Northeast 168th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
C.C.  Julie K.Brown (Miami Herald)
Michele Gillen (CBS 4 Miami)
Eyal Press (New Yorker Magazine)
Craig Patrick (WTVT Fox 13 Tampa)
Clair McNeill (Tampa Bay Times)
Pat Beall (Palm Beach Post)
Howard Simon (ACLU Florida)
Steven Wetstein (Stop Prison Abuse Now)
Randall Berg (Florida Justice Institute)
Peter Sleasman (Florida Legal Service)
Lance T. Weber (Human Rights Defense Center)
Greg Evers (Florida Senator)
Melinda Miguel (Chief Inspector General for the Governor)
Windy Hempstead
Susan Chandler
George Mallinckrodt
Jeremy Schanche
Second Chance Effort Project
Forgotten Majority"

Follow this link for the affidavits on the shower-murder and torture and the illegal mixing of Close-Management prisoners with Protective Management prisoners:

Here's the interview I did with Harold Hempstead in June 2016:

And here's a piece on Daniel Geiger, who was starved and tortured before dying in FDC custody: