National experts called in to investigate the suicide death rates in the Ohio prison system following the alleged suicide of Ariel Castro and Billy Slagle have determined that a state review is right: corrections officers didn't perform security rounds and logs were falsified in both cases.
As a result, CBS News reported on Oct. 10 that Ariel Castro may have died as a result of an auto-erotic asphyxiation rather than suicide, as previously reported. And Newsy reports that this is seemingly supported by how the inmate was found, with his pants and underwear down around his ankles.
Back in September it was announced that a law professor at the State University in New York at Albany would work with a project director from the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives to review both cases for any discrepancies in suicide prevention protocol.
Fred Cohen, the professor, and Lindsay Hayes, the project director, examined the suicide prevention efforts over the last two years for the Ohio prison system. The move was prompted by the outcry from the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, who revealed that as many as eight suicides occurred in the prison system just in 2013.
The two were expected to arrive in the state in October and to release their findings by Nov. 15, according to The Plain Dealer.
The report shared on Thursday by Ohio prison department officials reveals that prison guards did not complete their rounds as they should have in the Castro case, and they then forged prison reports around the time Castro was found dead in his cell.
The two officers allegedly lied about doing eight required checks on the Cleveland kidnapper and rapist preceding his death last month. Video surveillance supports that only two security checks were completed on the inmate during that period.
The two Ohio prison security guards have been suspended as a result of the internal investigation.
Atlanta Top News Examiner Radell Smith's credentials include a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics, as well as successful experience and knowledge of the field of law enforcement and investigations.