COLUMBUS, Ohio - NewsChannel5 investigators found inmate suicides are not unusual and do happen infrequently in Ohio's state prisons.
Between 2001 and 2011, 63 inmates in Ohio state prisons committed suicide, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
There were a total of 1,243 inmate deaths in Ohio prisons during that time period. The majority of inmates died from natural causes, including cancer and heart disease.
The BJS also found there are few suicides in state prisons around the country. In 2011, suicides were blamed for 6 percent of the 3,353 deaths in state prisons. Eighty-nine percent of inmates died from natural causes.
NewsChannel5 investigators asked for an interview with Ohio prison officials about Ariel Castro's suicide Wednesday. They declined to comment.
Castro was found hanging in his cell Tuesday night at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
He was admitted to the Correctional Reception Center Aug. 2. after being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home.
A local woman remembers her own ordeal after watching Michelle Knight speak on a national TV program.
Cleveland-area residents reacted to Michelle Knight's first interview since she escaped from Ariel Castro's home, where she was held in captivity for 11 years.
Michelle Knight, who was held captive by Ariel Castro for 11 years, revealed details of what happened to her inside the convicted rapist and kidnapper's home in a national TV interview with Dr. Phil Tuesday.
An Ohio prison guard has resigned after an investigation about falsification of logs documenting checks on a death row inmate who later committed suicide.
Ohio's prison system has faced a glut of bad news in recent months, from inmate suicides to four homicides in a single prison in about a year, but long-term population growth trends are causing officials the most headaches.
Mary Jordan, a reporter for the Washington Post, will write a book for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus about the horrors that happened inside the house on Seymour Avenue.
There are 238 sex offenders who live within a two-mile radius of the former home of late convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro, according to a public records search.
The warden will move from Correctional Reception Center south of Columbus to the same job at Madison Correctional Institution.
An Ohio bill to provide cash reparations and other assistance to the three women held captive in a Cleveland home passed the House Wednesday.