A psychologist who spent seven years working inside California’s correctional system filed a federal lawsuit against state prison officials, alleging they routinely covered up how inmates died.
The suit, filed in federal court in Sacramento by Dr. Eric Reininga, 63, also alleges that he was fired last year after he leaked information to The Sacramento Bee about an inmate who died after being pepper sprayed in the face and left in his cell.
Reininga said that he had conducted about a dozen inmate death reviews in his time in the job and that all of them ended up being edited by higher-ups to place the department in a more favorable light.
“I couldn’t live with it,” Reininga said. “I couldn’t live with myself being part of the code of silence, and I’m furious about it. I lose my job, and yet they’re the ones who did the wrong thing.”
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