Inmate hanged himself in cell while guards watched Netflix

Guards at a Missouri Department of Corrections facility watched movies on Netflix on state computers as an offender in the halfway house hanged himself — and wasn’t found until 10 hours later, according to a report uncovered through an open records request.

Surveillance footage captured the entire incident, showing that employees at the St. Louis Community Release Center failed to check on the inmate, David Garceau, 41, while claiming in logs that they had, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Garcaeu, who had a history of mental illness and drug addiction, had been held in the facility’s Administrative Segregation Unit for problem inmates. Guards at the facility — a 550-bed unit operated by the Division of Probation and Parole — also used personal computers while on duty, including for visits to websites like Twitter, Amazon, Facebook and LinkedIn, according to a department investigation into the October death.

The internal report was completed in late January and was obtained last week by the Post-Dispatch. The department’s director, Anne Precythe, declined to comment to the newspaper through a spokesman, despite saying in a news release earlier this year that she was “particularly concerned” about the circumstances preceding Garceau’s death.

Credit: NY Post

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