Autopsy Confirms TGK Inmate Died From Salmonella
Arlin Reyes-Madrid was an inmate there when he mysteriously became ill and died Nov. 7. A source told Local 10 at the time that Reyes-Madrid, 22, was being treated for food poisoning. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Corey Barney, who heads an organization of minority correctional officers who eat from the same kitchen as inmates at TGK, said he never received any memo or advisory warning them that, according to jail logs, another dozen inmates were taken to either the hospital or the corrections clinic exhibiting similar symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea within 24 hours after Reyes-Madrid was hospitalized
"This is never something that was told to my members or to any officers that I'm aware of," Barnes said.
Janelle Hall, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, said health and food safety training and procedures have been revised since Reyes-Madrid's death.
"Not only are we comfortable, (but) we are continuing to look at all facets of health and food safety within, not only TGK, but our other six facilities," Hall said.
Health inspectors said they never did find the source of the salmonella, though they did find about 70 other issues, all but three of which have been corrected.
Another inspection is scheduled for March.