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Ariel Castro could be sent to Youngstown prison

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ariel Castro is headed to the intake center at the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton Township for processing as he begins his "life plus 1,000 years" sentence, but what's still being decided is whether Castro could serve out that sentence at Youngstown's Supermax prison.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website, the Lorain facility processes male inmates from 25 northern Ohio counties. Castro's first day at the intake center will include a strip search, a haircut and the issuance of prison clothing.

Department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says Castro will stay at the Lorain facility until it's determined what security level he will be assigned. She said if he is assigned a "level 5" he will be sent to the Youngstown Supermax prison which is the only facility in the state's prison system that houses level 5 inmates. Smith added level 5 is reserved for the state's most assaultive inmates.

Castro was sentenced Thursday for the rape and torture of three Cleveland women over a 10- year period. Castro kidnapped the women and held them in his Cleveland home until they managed to escape last May. Yesterday, he was sentenced on those charges and an aggravated murder charge stemming from the death of a fetus of one of the women. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office says the murder charge accounts for the "life without parole" portion of Castro's sentence.

Media speculation has hinted that Castro could be a target in prison based on the nature of his crimes and the high profile of the case. High-visibility inmates who could be targeted are sometimes sent to facilities where they can be housed separately for their own protection. Laura Gardner, the public information officer for the Youngstown prison, says the facility has "no official word yet" on whether Castro will be housed there. Gardner confirmed that if Castro is designated a level 5 he would be incarcerated at the Youngstown facility. She added that the local prison and the state prison in Lucasville, Ohio, are the two maximum security prisons in the state.

The Youngstown Supermax prison, officially known as the Ohio State Penitentiary, sits on 240 acres of land on Route 616 in Coitsville. Inmates are assigned a security level of 1 through 5 with level 5 described as the "administrative maximum." Smith says all inmates come in as a level 3 and after assessment a final security level is determined and then the inmate is assigned a facility to serve out their sentence.

Veteran defense attorneys in town were unwilling to speculate as to what security level Castro could be assigned and calls to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office were not returned.

It's unknown how long it will take to determine Castro's security level.

Below is a breakdown of Castro's activities during his first few days at the Lorain Correctional Institution. The information is from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections' website.

Processing Breakdown

Day 1

--Inmate Received From Conveying Agency

-- Inmate Strip Searched

-- Record Office Personnel Receives and Reviews Commitment Papers and Assigns the Inmate an Institution Identification Number

-- Property Search. Excess Sent Home at the Inmate's Expense or Destroyed

-- Clothing and Personal Hygiene Items Issued from the Vault

-- Barbershop-Regulation Reception Haircuts

-- Profile Photos Taken, ID Badge Issued, Emergency Notification Data Entered into Computer Data System

-- Medical Intake History, TB Test, Mental Health Initial Evaluation

--Assigned to Intake Housing Unit, Handbook Issued, General Orientation Given, Showers Given

Day 2

-- Chest X-Rays With Initial Dental Exam

-- Blood Drawn by Phlebotomist

-- Reception Physician Complete Physical Examination

-- Fingerprints Taken

-- Inmate Interviewed by Classification Specialist for Visiting Lists and Separation Needs to Include the Reception Classification Intake Questionnaire

-- Security Threat Group Identification and Registration

-- Detailed Mental Health Interviews to Better Determine Levels of Care, Including: Crisis Intervention of Placement in a Residential Treatment Unit

Day 3

-- PPD Read

-- Educational Testing Including:

-- Beta IQ Test

-- Table Locator

-- Table Survey

-- Public Defender Orientation

-- Recovery Service Testing Administering Prison Inmate Inventory

-- Chaplain's Orientation

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