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Report: Ohio prison guards shirk anti-suicide duties

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Prison experts said Ohio corrections officers must address a systemic failure of guards failing to act to prevent inmate suicides.

The determination was made by two experts hired by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after the high-profile suicides of Ariel Castro, who held three women prisoner for years in Cleveland, and death row inmate Billy Slagle, who killed himself three days before his scheduled execution.

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The report states a "culture" exists among guards in the state's prisons whereby rounds are not completed and documents are falsified to show otherwise, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

The report stops short of saying such actions would have prevented either man's death. It also notes the state's prison suicide rate, 12.7 deaths per 100,000 inmates, is lower than the national average, though the 12 suicides so far this year are higher than the national average.

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