Another Suicide at OCCC

OCCCInmate’s suicide is fifth this year in Oahu prisons
A man who said he was mentally ill is found hanged at OCCC in Kalihi
By Leila Fujimori, posted: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 05, 2013

“A 48-year-old homeless man, awaiting trial in the fatal stabbing of another homeless man at a Kailua park on July 12, hanged himself Saturday at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

It was the sixth death this year at an Oahu prison from other-than-natural causes, and it was the fifth suicide. A Halawa Correctional Facility inmate was beaten to death by another inmate in March…”

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Accused Murderer Found Dead in Honolulu Jail, Suicide Suspected
Honolulu Civil Beat, posted: 5:39 PM, Sept. 4, 2013

“An accused murderer was found dead in his cell at the Oahu Community Correctional Center over the weekend.

The cause of death is believed to be suicide.

Brian Kim was arrested in July after he allegedly stabbed to death 58-year-old Robert Coleman Jr. in Kailua District Park.

Kim faced a second-degree murder charge and was being held on $250,000 bail.

OCCC staff found Kim in his cell at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. He had a history of mental illness and was housed alone in a single cell. He was not on suicide watch.

In May, Hawaii Department of Public Safety Director Ted Sakai said his agency had a “crisis on our hands” after three inmates died at OCCC in two months.

That spate of deaths caused state Sen. Will Espero — who is now running for Congress — to call for an investigation into the conditions at the jail.”

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