Report Details Concerns Over Ohio Prison Suicides

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In a month, officials from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will get a report about how to prevent suicides in state prisons.

The circumstances surrounding some of those deaths are already being laid out.

Since 2008, 36 prisoners have committed suicide in Ohio: eight in 2012 and eight so far this year.

The reports detail some of the failings that led to some of those deaths.

Three corrections officers at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility were fired after an investigation showed they made just half of the required rounds the day an inmate killed himself there.

It was one of four suicides at that prison in the past two years.

Read the full report here.

A prisoner at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute killed himself by jumping from a rooftop.  

Afterwards, the prison welded metal to prevent other inmates from reaching that location.  

That prison was also mentioned for not having a 24-hour emergency mental health services plan and for not meeting mental health training.

A report about the death of a Toledo Correctional Institution inmate shows he asked his case manager if he could speak to a mental health professional the day he died. He was distraught. She was unable to reach the psychologist by phone, so she left a voicemail.  The inmate killed himself before the voicemail was retrieved.

The report noted that in the future, inmates in crisis should be placed on watch status.

The full consultant's report on prison suicides should be made public on or before Nov. 15.

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