Union: Castro Corrections Officers ‘Did Nothing Wrong’
ORIENT, Ohio– The union representing state prison corrections officers said on Thursday that two employees placed on paid leave pending the investigation into the suicide of Ariel Castro did nothing wrong.
Union officials said they were told the two corrections officers would be given different assignments, but then were “astonished” to find out the two would be placed on paid leave.
“The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction needs to do its job and stop blaming frontline staff for decisions being made at the top level. We don’t make decisions about mental health treatment. We don’t make decisions about protective custody,” said Union President Christopher Mabe.
The two corrections officers would check on Castro every 30 minutes, according to prison policy.
Union officials say the COs were ordered to have minimal contact with him.
Lieutenants and captains brought Castro meals and transported him in and out of the cell.
No other staff has been placed on paid leave.
Castro was found hanging in his cell on September 3.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol along with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation are investigating the case.
Patrol officials said their investigation remains open until they receive the Franklin County Coroner’s Report.
Castro was serving a life sentence plus 1000 years for kidnapping three women: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, and holding them captive for about 10 years.
He was sentenced last month.
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