How sad they couldn't give him another chance. That 5 year prison stint became a death sentence, as John was only in the custody of the AZ DOC less than 2 months before killing himself...and based on all the mail and calls I get about Corizon's poor mental health care, I'd bet they weren't treating his mental illness appropriately. He must have felt terribly alone, if his family was back in Montana.
Condolences to John's loved ones. If anyone knows anything more about his life or death, please contact me. I am Peggy Plews at firstname.lastname@example.org
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
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JANICE K. BREWER
CHARLES L. RYAN
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Friday, September 05, 2014
Inmate Death Notification
TUCSON (Friday, September 05, 2014) – An inmate at the Tucson prison complex has died as the result of an apparent suicide.
51 year-old John Kahler, ADC# 292841, was found unresponsive in his housing location at approximately 8:50 AM. Officers immediately responded and began lifesaving measures which were continued by paramedics. Kahler was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital.
Kahler was serving a five year sentence out of Maricopa County on a conviction for arson of an occupied structure, and had been in ADC custody since July, 2014.
All deaths are investigated in consultation with the county medical examiner’s office.