Jeffrey Epstein Dies at Age 66 — Jailhouse Neglect or Sketchy Suicide?

Jeffrey Epstein Dies at Age 66 — Jailhouse Neglect or Sketchy Suicide?

Imagine accused sex-trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein, being left alone in a cell less than two weeks after a suicide attempt. Well, that was the case when he was found dead Saturday morning. He had attempted suicide in July and was put on suicide watch thereafter. He had been off suicide watch for only eleven days prior to being found dead at 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

It is jailhouse routine that inmates in protective housing (where Epstein was being held) are checked on every thirty minutes. According to a law-enforcement official, that customary practice was not followed Friday night. He was supposed to be checked on by two guards that evening but never was. Epstein was also to have a cell mate, but the jail violated protocol when they transferred the inmate with whom he had previously shared his solitude.

Although officials initially warned Epstein’s detention findings could change, the jail informed the Justice Department that Mr. Epstein would have a cellmate and that a guard “would look into his cell” every 30 minutes.

According to a Reuters report, guards admitted they skipped checks on Epstein the night of his death.

Epstein’s death is under investigation at the request of Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NB). In a letter to General William Barr Sasse wrote,

“Every single person in the Justice Department — from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer –knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him.”

A former Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) prison guard shared his feelings with the Gateway Pundit and was quoted saying,

“There’s no way for a prisoner to commit suicide. We took away all their covers, and all they were left with was a mattress. Then we’d have to document every time we checked on the prisoner for whatever it was, every 15 minutes, every 30 minutes. And we’d have to enter into the log exactly what we saw. And nobody was allowed to go into those corridors except the prison guard on duty.”

“A suicide risk has his own cell. They put him in solitary confinement, and they aren’t allowed to have anything at all, not even a book. Nothing. They just get to stare at the walls all day long.”

“You can’t allow a suicide watch risk to even be around the general prison population because they have nothing to lose, so that makes them a danger to not only themselves but to others around them. Opens up the prison to a lawsuit.”

There is no evidence of foul play as of now and it is unclear as to why Epstein was so casually ignored. As with most jails, the MCC has been understaffed for quite a while (according to union leaders). Reportedly both guards who were to have checked on him had both been working over time due to short staffing and one guard was on his fifth straight day of overtime.

The New York Times investigated federal prisons across the country, including the MCC, and found that a lack of staff caused an increase in jailhouse violence.

Cameron Lindsay, a former warden at the federal jail in Brooklyn (and four other detention facilities), has reportedly said that senior officials at the MCC have severely mishandled the monitoring of Epstein. Lindsay said that the wealthy financier should have never been taken off suicide watch regardless on if he was approved by the prison’s chief psychologist. Lindsay went on to say,

“A psychologist is going to think one way, but a warden needs to think in a different way.”

“You have to take the conservative, safe route and keep an individual like this on suicide watch.”

He noted that it is exceedingly risky to put an inmate with the kind of allegations Epstein faced, in general population, and said, “In the subculture of prisons, it’s a badge of honor to take someone out like that.” The decision to put Epstein on suicide watch for such a short time has raised questions amongst other former prison officials as well.

According to Bob Hood, a former chief of internal affairs for the Bureau of Prisons, it is common to release an inmate from suicide watch within a week but it is not done soon after a suicide attempt. Hood acknowledges it is mostly enforced in instances when an inmate receives bad news in court or from a family member.

In addition to Epstein’s July suicide attempt, he was also enduring public humiliation for the allegations against him. According to Hood this would normally prompt prison officials to keep him under close surveillance, not remove him from the 24-hour-a-day suicide watch. He stated,

“Why he was taken off suicide watch is beyond me.”

“A man is dead. The Bureau of Prisons dropped the ball. Period.”

The lack of monitoring has generated questions with demands for answers from senior law-enforcement officials, members of Congress and Epstein’s alleged victims. His death has also opened the doors for conspiracy theorists to share their similar concerns online. Some are suggesting he may have been killed in an attempt to keep him from exposing those associated with his child trafficking charges. President Trump retweeted the below comment from conservative comedian, Terrence K. Williams.

As an autopsy is now underway we are left waiting on pins in needles for answers. Did Epstein committee suicide? Or is there something more sinister behind his death? While Epstein himself will never be brought to justice, his accusers are steadfast in their efforts to continue on.

One way or another, the truth will come out and if he did in fact commit suicide then Epstein’s neglect is more than just unconscionable, it’s criminal.

But then again, maybe it truly is impossible to commit suicide in that prison, as some former officials claim. Only time will tell.

Sources:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/epstein-taken-off-suicide-watch-before-death

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