ACLU: officials must explain Ohio man’s suicide

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says state prison officials must say whether Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, was properly screened for suicide risk.

Castro was found hanging in his cell Tuesday night. Medical staff performed CPR before he was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The ACLU on Wednesday said the state had the responsibility of ensuring Castro’s safety from himself and others. The organization said an investigation can prevent this from happening again.

Castro, 53, was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape. He was supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes, but was not on suicide watch.

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