Ariel Castro's "short" life behind bars - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Ariel Castro's "short" life behind bars

Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio

In the wake of Ariel Castro's suicide questions remain about how he was able to do it.

19 Action News reporter Paul Orlousky talked to man with an inside look at Castro's prison surroundings.

Within hours of pleading guilty Ariel Castro was taken to the Lorain Correctional Facility in Grafton. He was on suicide watch, but when he was moved to Orient and CRC or the Corrections Reception Center, that changed.

A former state prison guard says Castro's level of observation was different at Lorain than it was at CRC. 

The former guard who worked at both Lorain and Orient, the prison where Castro committed suicide, says Castro would have been housed in what is known as the segregation block.

He says there your foods are brought to you and your books too. Prisoners also get an hour alone outside for recreation. 

He says Castro would have been given a mental evaluation when he arrived at Lorain. His high profile and the chance of him being targeted by Hispanic gangs is likely the reason he was moved to Orient where his profile may have been lower.

There are three levels of suicide watch in the segregation block. Close watch, constant watch and suicide watch.

"If you're on suicide watch they have these glass cells and the officers will sit there and just stare at 'em and you know take notes and to watch 'em the whole time," stated the former guard.

Castro's level of watch is unclear, but wasn't suicide watch. He was protected from others, but not himself.

Castro's suicide was the second in a month at an Ohio prison. A review of policies and protocols is under way in Columbus.

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