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Prison suicide. The new way to end imprisonment?

Cases of suicide are on the rise in our prisons. A number of cases of alleged commission of suicide have been reported in the recent past.

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Incarcerated suicide cases

It is not long since Danny Ollis was found hanging in a locked single-man cell. Efforts to saving his life by the emergency medical team were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later. The East Arkansas Regional Unit (Brickleys) inmate was scheduled to serve his prison term through 2028.

The Arkansas State Police and the prisons system are both investigating the cause of his death. Records show that the 44-year-old has been a notorious habitual offender. He has been charged over the years for committing over 50 offenses related to:

  • Drug counts
  • Theft of property
  • Forgery
  • Residential burglary

Authorities in Arizona prison have reported the death of an inmate. Darrell Mohr was found in his cell with a bed sheet tied to a bunk rail. The 49-year-old was found as a staff at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman was conducting a security check. They attempted life-saving measures till the paramedics arrived but could not save his dear life.

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The authorities have reported that incident to have appeared as suicide. Mohr had been incarcerated since 2016 after he was convicted out of Maricopa County to serve in prison for five years for aggravated DUI.

The Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman has raised eyebrows in the recent past for cases of suicide. It is not long since Carlos Carrillo committed suicide. The 48-year-old had been found unconscious with a bed sheet tied around his neck on February 12th.

According to the Arizona Department of corrections, the inmate had been sentenced to a life imprisonment. He had been found guilty of committing murder.

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Authorities are also investigating the death of one Michael R. Arvizo. It has been reported that the 31-year-old was unresponsive on February 19th in his two-person cell in a prison in Florence. His death is being treated as a homicide. He was serving a 6-year imprisonment for child/adult abuse.

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