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US NewsIn Short-Staffed Jail, Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours; Guard Was Substitute

10:21  13 august  2019
10:21  13 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Jeffrey Epstein kills himself ahead of sex trafficking trial - reports

Jeffrey Epstein kills himself ahead of sex trafficking trial - reports Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein has killed himself in prison ahead of facing trial on sex trafficking charges, according to US media. The 66-year-old, who was being held without bail in a Manhattan jail, was accused of abusing dozens of underage girls as young as 14 in New York and Florida. Epstein, who denied the charges, was found at 7.30am on Saturday morning according to officials, who spoke to NBC. They said he had hanged himself. Last month, he had reportedly been found unconscious with neck injuries on the floor of his cell. His lawyers declined to comment at the time.

One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered, prison and law-enforcement officials said.

One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered, prison and law-enforcement officials said.

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One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered, prison and law-enforcement officials said.

Those details emerged on Monday as Attorney General William P. Barr sharply criticized the management of the federal jail in Manhattan where Mr. Epstein, who was accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls, was found dead on Saturday morning.

NYC medical examiner completes autopsy on Jeffrey Epstein’s body, says cause of death still pending

NYC medical examiner completes autopsy on Jeffrey Epstein’s body, says cause of death still pending New York City’s chief medical examiner performed an autopsy on the body of Jeffrey Epstein Sunday, but said that the cause of death was “pending further information at this time.” 

One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered, prison and law-enforcement officials said.

One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered, prison and law-enforcement officials said.

In Short-Staffed Jail, Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours; Guard Was Substitute © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is set to return to court Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP) “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” said Mr. Barr, who, as the country’s top law enforcement official, is responsible for federal prisons.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened,” he added. “There will be accountability.”

Mr. Barr did not offer additional information about the problems at the jail, but questions have been raised about why Mr. Epstein had been taken off suicide watch just days after apparently trying to kill himself and then was left alone in a cell without close supervision.

Epstein's guards worked extreme OT shifts morning of death

Epstein's guards worked extreme OT shifts morning of death NEW YORK (AP) — Guards on Jeffrey Epstein's unit were working extreme overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages the morning of his apparent suicide, a person familiar with the jail's operations told The Associated Press. 

Mr. Epstein was supposed to have been checked by the two guards in the protective housing unit every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not Like many federal prisons and detention centers, the jail has been short staffed for some time, union leaders have said. The two guards on duty in the

In Short - Staffed Jail , Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours ; Guard Was Substitute . Aug 12, 2019. “It sounds like something that you read in the past about mob informants, who were under heavy guard but still somehow managed to find a way to kill themselves so they didn’t have to testify.”

Mr. Barr also said Mr. Epstein’s suicide would not halt the investigation into other people who might have helped him traffic teenage girls for sex. On Monday, F.B.I. agents and New York detectives raided Mr. Epstein’s private, 70-acre island in the United States Virgin Islands, looking for documents, photographs, videos, computers and other materials, people briefed on the matter said.

In Short-Staffed Jail, Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours; Guard Was Substitute © Doug Mills/The New York Times Attorney General William P. Barr in July. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Mr. Barr said. “The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”

No correctional officer had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was found, even though guards were supposed to look in on prisoners in the protective unit where he was housed every half-hour, a prison official and two law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the detention said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Jeffrey Epstein's death 'was suicide' - city official

Jeffrey Epstein's death 'was suicide' - city official New York's coroner is confident that Jeffrey Epstein's death was a suicide. The New York Times cited an anonymous city official as saying the death was by hanging, despite the chief medical examiner Dr Barbara Sampson saying the cause of death was "pending further information". Epstein, a wealthy financier who was friends with people such as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, was arrested on 6 July and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14, from at least 2002 until 2005.

In Short - Staffed Jail , Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours ; Guard Was Substitute . Aug 12, 2019. “It sounds like something that you read in the past about mob informants, who were under heavy guard but still somehow managed to find a way to kill themselves so they didn’t have to testify.”

But Mr. Epstein ’s cellmate was moved out of the protective housing unit, leaving him alone , the prison official Like many federal prisons and detention centers, the jail has been short staffed for some time The two guards on duty in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was housed were both

In addition, only one of the two people guarding the Special Housing Unit — known as 9 South — normally worked as a correctional officer, according to three prison officials with knowledge of the case. The officials did not say what sort of job the other employee usually worked.

A New York Times investigation published last year detailed this practice, under which federal prisons are so strapped for correctional officers that they regularly compel teachers, nurses, secretaries and other support staff members to step in. The practice has grown at some prisons as the Trump administration has curtailed the hiring of correctional officers.

Many of these staff members only receive a few weeks’ training in correctional work, and, while required by contract to serve as substitutes, are often uncomfortable in the roles. Even workers who previously held correctional positions have said that the practice was unsettling because fewer colleagues were on hand to provide backup if things turned ugly.

In Short-Staffed Jail, Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours; Guard Was Substitute © Yana Paskova for The New York Times The Metropolitan Correctional Center on Park Row in Manhattan. Mr. Epstein’s death came just two weeks after he had been taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, where he apparently had tried to kill himself on July 23, officials said.

Jeffrey Epstein Death: 2 Guards Slept Through Checks and Falsified Records

Jeffrey Epstein Death: 2 Guards Slept Through Checks and Falsified Records The two staff members who were guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for about three hours, then falsified records to cover up their mistake, according to several law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the matter. 

[The latest: Mr. Epstein was left alone and not closely monitored before his suicide.] “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while Even while in custody, Mr. Epstein was able to leave the jail for 12 hours a day, six days a week, to work

Staffing shortfalls are resulting in extreme overtime shifts, in which guards may work up to 16 hours a day. A person familiar with the jail 's operations told The Associated Press that a guard in Epstein 's unit was working a fifth straight day of overtime and another guard was working mandatory overtime the

He was being held at the detention center awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. He had been accused of luring dozens of underage girls into giving him erotic massages and engaging in other sexual acts at his mansions in New York City and Palm Beach, Fla.

“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry, to learn of the M.C.C.’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Mr. Barr said at a conference in New Orleans for the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.

That Mr. Epstein was taken off suicide watch and left unsupervised long enough to have apparently taken his own life has sparked a public outcry, prompting criticism of the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons, which operates the Manhattan jail. Mr. Barr announced Saturday that both the F.B.I. and the Justice Department’s inspector general would open respective probes into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epstein’s death.

The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment.

In Short-Staffed Jail, Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours; Guard Was Substitute © Thomson Reuters A medical examiner vehicle is seen Metropolitan Correctional Center jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Union officials said that for more than a year officials in Washington had been made aware of a severe staffing shortage at the facility in the wake of a federal hiring freeze. One of the guards on the unit where Mr. Epstein died had been working overtime for five straight days, while the other had been forced to work overtime that day, a union official said.

Jeffrey Epstein accuser sues British socialite and staff members

Jeffrey Epstein accuser sues British socialite and staff members A woman who accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual misconduct has sued his estate, former associate Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed staff members who worked for the financier, according to a court filing. Jennifer Araoz, the plaintiff, filed the lawsuit in a New York state court in Manhattan on Wednesday. She had previously told NBC last month that she was recruited outside her New York City school to spend time with Epstein and gave him massages when she was 14.

Guards on Jeffrey Epstein 's unit were working extreme overtime when the accused sex trafficker died, media have reported. As authorities were conducting Jeffrey Epstein 's autopsy in New York City, The Associated Press reported that just two guards — one working a fifth day of overtime and another

Jeffrey Epstein , the disgraced financier who hung himself in his Manhattan jail cell, was left alone and not monitored by guards who were supposed to As the Justice Department and FBI investigate Epstein 's death, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is under intense scrutiny for not keeping Epstein on

“The Council of Prison Locals has been sounding the alarm about the hiring freeze,” said Eric Young, the president of the union that represents federal prison workers across the country.

An autopsy of Mr. Epstein’s body was conducted by the city’s medical examiner on Sunday, but a final determination is pending. At the request of Mr. Epstein’s lawyers, a private pathologist was permitted to attend the examination, which the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, called a “routine practice.”

Since leaving suicide watch on July 29, Mr. Epstein had been housed in 9 South, a secure housing unit in one of the prison’s most restrictive wings. His lifeless body was found in his cell around 6:30 a.m., by a guard conducting morning rounds. He had used a bedsheet to hang himself, one official said.

Mr. Epstein was being housed alone. Under normal procedures, he should have had a cellmate, but the inmate housed with him had been recently transferred and had not been replaced, several officials said.

According to Bureau of Prisons' policy, several high-ranking prison officials would have had to have approved Mr. Epstein’s removal from the facility’s suicide prevention program, including the prison’s chief psychologist.

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The Samaritans offer support and advice to people feeling suicidal or vulnerable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Their website is http://www.samaritans.org ( http://www.samaritans.org/ ), email address [email protected] ( mailto:[email protected] ) or call free on 116 123.

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'Last act of manipulation': Epstein put assets in secret trust before death.
The will Jeffrey Epstein signed two days before he killed himself in his New York prison cell put more than $577m (£476m) of his assets into a secret trust fund, it has emerged. The discovery of the newly created 1953 Trust, named after the year of his birth, has led some to question whether he did it to keep the money from the many women who claim he sexually abused them when they were teenagers. Court papers filed last week in the US Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries, but that does not mean none exist. His only known relative is his brother, Mark Epstein.

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