By Frank Lewis
November 20, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
With the death of a Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) inmate, the state of Ohio has now recorded 10 suicides within the prison system this year, two each at RCI and Chillicothe Correctional Institution.
According to Ricky Seyfang of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, “There was a suicide at the Ross Correctional Institution yesterday (Sunday) evening. Inmate James Redmond Jr. was found hanging in his cell at approximately 5:45 p.m. Inmate Redman was pronounced dead at 6:53 p.m. at the local hospital (Adena Medical Center). He was in his cell alone. Investigations are ongoing internally and by the State Highway Patrol.”
Redmond, age 41, was serving a 19-year sentence for rape out of Lucas County. He began serving his term on Jan. 17, 2003. He had beeen moved to a lockdown cell on Saturday after a confrontation with officers.
On Oct. 23, Kimball Kenaga, sentenced from Scioto County, reportedly also hanged himself at RCI. Kenaga plead guilty to a Bill of Information for killing Joe Browning in West Portsmouth on Nov. 22, 2006.
Seyfang said, on a related note, the report from the two independent consultants will be given to the ODRC director by the end of the week. She said the agency would then need a few days to review the report. ODRC hired two consultants to look into agency-wide suicide prevention policies and procedures and to make recommendations for improvements.
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