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Inmate Suicide Prompts Polk County Jail to Change Watch Guard Policies
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The suicide of Mikel Van Arkel is one his family is still having a hard time coming to terms with. "He was a father, he was a brother, a nephew. We just want to remember and let it be known that we don’t want this to happen to anyone else. He wasn’t perfect. He was in jail," said Van Arkle's aunt, Cindy Wood.