Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

United States attorney general cites ‘irregularities’ at jail where Jeffrey Epstein died

United States attorney general cites ‘irregularities’ at jail where Jeffrey Epstein died

On Saturday, Trump retweeted a theory from Terrence Williams, a comedian who supports the president, about Clinton's supposed hand in Epstein's death. "However, it is imperative that the Committee on the Judiciary, which has the responsibility to exercise oversight over the Department of Justice, receive responses to these questions related to the adequacy of BOP's suicide prevention policies and their implementation in this instance, as soon as possible".

Justice Department officials said they expected Epstein would have a cellmate and that guards would monitor them every 30 minutes.

Epstein, 66, had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. That's on top of a so-called "recruitment incentive" that amounts to 10 per cent of new guards' first-year salaries.

One of the corrections officers was reportedly on his fifth straight day of overtime shifts, while another guard had been forced to work overtime, Serene Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, told the Washington Post.

Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla., in July 2008. That person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and also spoke on condition of anonymity.

Those conditions could make it more hard for correctional officers to enforce the BOP's strict measures for screening security risks. But he had been taken off that watch at the end of July and returned to the jail's special housing unit.

That investigation into conduct described in the indictment, including the conspiracy count, will continue despite Epstein´s death, Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, said on Saturday. An additional federal investigation was launched Saturday after the Federal Bureau of Prison said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at a high-security jail in Manhattan. The jail had placed him on 24-hour monitoring - with daily psychiatric evaluations - after he was found injured on the floor of his cell two weeks ago with neck bruises. He had been on suicide watch last month but not at the time of his death. Epstein was accused of paying girls as young as 14 for sex, and then using them to draw in other victims.

"The FBI and office of the inspector general are doing just that".

Former prison guard Eugenio Perez was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing female inmates.

But, he has one surviving close relative, his brother Mark Epstein, a NY real estate developer, who could have a legitimate claim to Epstein's assets.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

Taken together, the two deaths underscore "serious issues surrounding a lack of leadership" within the bureau, said Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who ran three federal lockups, including the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Serene Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, defended the staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY, claiming they are overworked and understaffed and that one of the people assigned to monitor Epstein does not usually work as a corrections official.

"How does someone who is this high profile commit suicide?" It remains unknown whether the incident was a suicide attempt or an assault by another inmate.

"If he bequeathed all of his assets to charities or scientific foundations, that may be a better way", DeMaria said.

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