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ACLU wants investigation into Castro suicide
Seventh in the state prison system this year
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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The American Civil Liberties Union wants an investigation into the suicide of convicted Cleveland kidnapper and rapist, Ariel Castro.

The ACLU of Ohio says his death is the seventh suicide in the state prison system this year, and it comes less than a month after the suicide of condemned death row inmate Billy Slagle. 

Spokesman Mike Brickner wants a full investigation into what happened.
ACLU wants investigation into Castro suicide

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“As horrifying as Mr. Castro’s crime may be, the state has responsibility to ensure his safety—both from himself and others,” Brickner said.

“Questions remain that his attorneys have raised about whether he was properly screen for suicide risk and mental illness. The prison officials have to address those issues.”

Last month, Billy Slagle committed suicide just three days before he was scheduled to be executed.

A standard pre-execution suicide watch was set to start just a few hours after he was found. 

Castro was apparently not on suicide watch at the Orient Correctional Facility, where he was found hanging in his cell last night.
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