Team to analyze death of Ariel Castro

By Frank Lewis

September 5, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Wednesday Gary Mohr, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), commissioned a review team to analyze the death of inmate Ariel Castro Tuesday night at the Correctional Reception Center (CRC) in Orient. Castro was found hanging in his cell at approximately 9:20 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Mohr said the review team, chaired by Ed Banks, DRC’s Managing Director of Organizational Development, will include professionals from DRC’s legal, medical, mental health, security and operational divisions who are knowledgeable of DRC’s policies and procedures but who were not directly involved with the incident. Such reviews are part of DRC’s protocol in the wake of such incidents. Mohr has requested that it be completed by the end of the month.

The review is in addition to a separate, independent investigation being conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. In addition, pursuant to DRC’s protocol, a mortality review has begun by credentialed DRC medical and mental health professionals to thoroughly review all pertinent medical and mental health care records concerning Castro and information surrounding the incident.

“These professionals will determine whether applicable policies and procedures concerning the delivery of medical and mental health care were followed for inmate Castro,” Mohr said.

Castro was admitted to prison on Aug. 2, 2013, and was placed in protective custody, a level of custody maintained for certain inmates that entails housing them in a single-occupancy cell and keeping them under close watch, with corrections officers making security rounds at staggered 30-minute intervals.

Mohr said an audio file of the information is available at the following link: http://www.drc.ohio.gov/Public/audio.htm.

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