Only one of the two police officers guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he allegedly hung himself in his federal jail cell was a full-fledged correctional officer. Neither of the two guards had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was found dead, the prison and law-enforcement officials both stated. Those details surfaced as Attorney General William P. Barr sharply criticized the management of the federal jail in Manhattan on Monday. The prison where Mr. Epstein, who was arrested and believed to have sexually abused dozens of teenage girls, was found deceased on Monday.
Mr. Barr is responsible for federal prisons as the Country’s top law enforcement official. Barr stated, “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation. We will get to the root of what happened, and there will be a liability.”
Mr. Barr has not given further information about the predicaments at the jail, but issues have proposed as to why Mr. Epstein had been not only removed from suicide watch only days after supposedly trying to kill himself but then left alone in a cell without close surveillance for hours at a time.
Mr. Barr also added that the death of Epstein would not end the investigation. They will still be looking into other individuals who might have assisted him with trafficking teenage girls for sex. New York detectives and F.B.I. Agents raided the 70-acre private island in the United States Virgin Islands, that belonged to Epstein, looking for computers, documents, videos, photographs, and other materials, people briefed on the matter said.
The victims not only deserve, but they will receive justice, and any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Mr.Barr added.
No correctional officer had gone by the cell and checked on Mr. Epstein for many hours before he was discovered, even though guards were supposed to check in on each prisoner in the protective block where he was being held every thirty minutes. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, two law-enforcement officials and a prison official with knowledge of the detention confirmed that was in fact true.
Furthermore, three prison officials with knowledge of the incident confirmed only one of the two people guarding the Special Housing Unit, also known as 9 South, normally worked as a correctional officer. The officials didn’t state what sort of position the other employee normally worked. It was investigated and published about a year ago that federal prisons are so strapped for correctional officers that they frequently compel nurses, teachers, secretaries, and other support personnel members to step in.
Many of the staff members helping with this position only receive 2-3 weeks’ education and training in correctional work. Most of the staff members filling these roles are uncomfortable yet required by contract to serve as substitutes. Even members who have previously held and work strictly correctional positions have said that the system was unsettling because fewer associates were on hand to provide reinforcement if things became ugly.
Epstein was being detained at the detention center anticipating trial. He had been accused of seducing dozens of juvenile girls into giving him massages that became erotic and engaging in multiple sexual acts at his mansions in Palm Beach, Fla, and N.Y.C. Epstein was held waiting for trial on federal sex-trafficking charges while being held he attempted to commit suicide on the 23rd of July. Just two weeks after his attempt, he was taken off suicide watch, which is when he allegedly carried out his plan and committed suicide.
Mr.Barr added how he felt with the following statement: “I was appalled, and honestly the entire department was, and frankly outraged, to learn of the M.C.C.’s failure to secure this prisoner adequately.” Union executives said that for over a year now, officials in Washington had the knowledge and been made aware of a critical staffing shortage at the bureau in the wake of a ‘federal hiring freeze.’ One of the guards had been forced to work overtime that day in the unit where Mr. Epstein died, while the other guard had been working overtime for five straight days. The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment.
An autopsy of Mr. Epstein’s body was administered and conducted by the city’s medical examiner, Sunday. A final determination is pending, and at the request of Mr. Epstein’s lawyers, a private pathologist was authorized to attend the examination, which was called a “routine practice” by Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner.
On July 29th, Mr. Epstein had left suicide watch and had been housed in 9 South, a safe unit in one of the prison’s most confining and restricting wings. He used a bedsheet to hang himself, as reported by the guard who was there making his morning rounds who found Epstein dead in his cell around 6:30 A.M. Mr. Epstein was housed alone, as where under normal procedures, he should’ve had a cellmate. The inmate that was housed with him had recently been transferred, and they did not replace him with a new inmate in Epstein’s cell.
Although the Bureau of Prisons declined to comment on this matter, their policy reads that various high-ranking prison administrators along with the prison’s chief psychologist would have had to have approved Mr. Epstein’s discharge from the facility’s suicide prevention program.
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