COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) - The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is putting together a team to look at how the man who held three women hostage for a decade was able to kill himself.
Not only is the Department of Corrections looking into Ariel Castro's death, so is the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The results will look at the mental health care of Castro and determine why, on suicide watch in a county jail, he was left alone long enough Tuesday night to kill himself with a bed sheet in prison.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections confirms Ariel Castro was in his own cell at the correctional reception center in Orient at the time of his suicide.
A spokesperson with the department said he was not on suicide watch and was being checked every 30 minutes.
Right on its website, the agency lays out its crisis management and suicide prevention policy. If an inmate like Castro was on suicide watch in a county jail in the past six months, he or she must get a mental health evaluation in state prison as soon as possible. We don't know if Castro had that exam, but his history is expected to be reviewed as part of the investigation.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Ohio had 63 prison suicides from 2001 to 2011. It is the fifth leading cause of death in state prisons after health issues like cancer and heart disease.
A review of any inmate's suicide death is part of the Department of Corrections policy after an incident like this happens.
It's expected to be completed by the end of the month.
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