Union: scope of inmate suicide review ‘too narrow’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The union representing Ohio prison guards says the scope of a state-commissioned review on inmate suicides is too narrow and doesn’t address the broader issues affecting the state’s prison system.

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association on Wednesday said the review shouldn’t be about suicides. Instead, the group says, there is a need for a broader discussion about policies and procedures including violence, overcrowding, staffing and staff training.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on Tuesday announced a review of inmate suicides going back two years. It will start with the suicides of high-profile inmates Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper and rapist who had just begun a life sentence when he hanged himself Sept. 3, and Billy Slagle, who killed himself Aug. 4, three days before his scheduled execution.

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