Holding Center Suicide Investigation

September 6, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 7:55 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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September 6, 2011 Updated Sep 7, 2011 at 7:55 AM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y) With the recent suicide of a teenager at the Erie County Holding Center, county officials are reviewing their policies to see if something was over-looked.

According to Under Sheriff Mark Wipperman, their investigation reveals that all deputies followed proper procedures and did the scheduled night checks.

Sunday morning around 1:30am, 18-year old Rakim Scriven was found hanging from a bed sheet attached to his jail cell bars.

Scriven was rushed to Buffalo General Hospital where he died on Monday.

According to the Under Sheriff, another inmate has come forward to tell them that Rakim Scriven started making odd comments about twelve hours before his suicide.

Scriven said he was abandoned by his family, wanted to know the times that deputies made night checks, and asked how other people hung themselves from the bars.

The inmate didn't alert sheriff deputies because Rakim Scriven assured the inmate that he wasn't going to hurt himself.

Plans are now in the works to create a special health holding area in the jail.

If approved by the state, one-million dollars would be used to convert an un-used gymnasium into a dormitory-style holding area for prisoners with drug, alcohol, and mental health problems.

The project could be completed by the spring of 2012.