PORT WASHINGTON - The family of a decorated Marine who committed suicide at the Nassau County Jail is demanding answers after a new report says the tragedy could have been avoided.
The New York State Commission of Correction recently released a five-page report on the death of U.S. Marine Bartholomew Ryan. The report states he "received inadequate evaluation and treatment while at the jail."
Ryan was arrested for DWI and taken to jail on Feb. 23, 2012. The next day, corrections officers found the 33-year-old Iraq war veteran from Seaford hanging in his cell by a bed sheet.
Family members say Ryan had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder shortly after returning home from Iraq and also struggled with drug use.
While the sheriff's department says Ryan was screened for mental problems and placed in a special wing of the jail, the report states he ended up in general population housing with check-ins only every 15 minutes.