Ohio reviewing kidnapper Ariel Castro's prison cell suicide
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohio's prison system is reviewing how Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro - perhaps the most notorious figure behind bars in the state - managed to hang himself with a bedsheet while in protective custody.
Castro was a month into his life sentence for holding three women captive in his home for a decade when he committed suicide on Tuesday night. Protective custody involves checks every 30 minutes.
Ohio prisons director Gary Mohr ordered two reviews on Wednesday, less than a day after Castro was found in his cell and medical responders were unable to revive him. One review - normal in such cases - will look at the suicide, while the other is an examination of Castro's circumstances and whether he received the proper medical and mental health care leading up to his suicide.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio called for an investigation into Castro's death, as well as the question of whether all inmates are getting the mental health treatment they need.