Why is this a problem?

Ariel Castro hung himself in prison rather than face his life plus 1000 years behind bars. Now the liberals are having a moan about the fact he croaked.

From the Associated Press yesterday:

Ohio officials say two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro in the hours before he killed himself. A report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says video indicates no checks were done on Castro at least eight times the afternoon and evening before he died.

Falsified logs. Lack of supervision of an inmate. Lack of adequate staffing. Lack of communication. This is almost precisely what happened exactly one month earlier, in August, to Billy Slagle, the death row inmate who committed suicide just hours after his lawyers learned new information that might have spared him from execution. Here is the link to our Atlantic coverage of Slagle’s death. And here is the link to the “after-action” report in the Castro case.  

What the two incidents tell us is that Ohio prison officials were unable or unwilling after Slagle’s death to implement policies and practices that ensured Castro’s safety—in other words, the reasonable recommendations contained in the Slagle “after action” plan were not put into place in time to spare Castro. They also show that the practice of falsifying records” was not limited to the state’s death row (remember, Castro was sentenced to life in prison). Since 2000, 88 inmates have committed suicide within Ohio’s prison system.

Eight-eight inmates — an average of nearly seven a year. Eight this year, according to a Corrections Department spokeswoman, and eight last year. Will the officials responsible for the failures of the Slagle and Castro cases ever be held accountable? Will corrections officers lose their jobs over this?

Bloody liberals. These blokes need a congressional medal of honour. It is real dangerous in prison, when they saw Ariel Castro hanging or int eh process of hanging himself they needed to be careful, it could have been a rise to assault the corrections officers. It was sensible and wise to wait until things settled down and he stopped moving about.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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