Report Released on Castro, Slagle Suicides

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GRAFTON, Ohio — A report compiled by two independent consultants after the high profile deaths of Ariel Castro and Billy Slagle was released.

It included the observations, findings and recommendations of two experts that deal with suicide prevention in jails and correctional mental health law.

The report concluded neither suicide can be attributed to the failure of DRC staff.

Several recommendations were made, including the adoption of an enhanced mental health staff to be involved with high profile inmates; earlier, more rigorous staff training on custodial suicide and ending online training courses; and a closer look at the uses of mental health observation and close watch statuses.

Click here to read the full report.

JoEllen Smith, the Communications Chief for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, released a statement in response to the report, that said:

“Director (Gary) Mohr reviewed the report and while the findings acknowledge the suicides of Billy Slagle and Ariel Castro cannot ‘be attributed to the failure of DRC staff,’ he is committed to working with the consultants and DRC staff to develop steps to address the recommendations contained within the report.”

Castro, 53, was found Sept. 3 hanged by a sheet from a window hinge in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.

He had served just over a month of his life sentence plus 1,000 years for kidnapping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight and holding them captive for about a decade.

Slagle was found hanged in his cell at Chillicothe Correctional Institution on Aug. 4, just days before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection.

He had been sentenced for killing 40-year-old Mari Anne Pope in front of two children she was babysitting.

There were 10 inmate suicides at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction during 2013 as of November.

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