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Epstein's Guards Worked Extreme Overtime Shifts Morning of Death

Epstein's Guards Worked Extreme Overtime Shifts Morning of Death

The suicide of alleged sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continues to mystify the nation, and how the 66-year-old was able to kill himself while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY is now under FBI investigation, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr has opened up an official probe into the case.

Protocol within the federal detention center's Special Housing Unit is for guards to check on inmates every 30 minutes.

With questions growing about the news that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide, a new report has some information on what may have happened in the lead-up.

Two guards who were tasked with monitoring billionaire Jeffrey Epstein during his detention in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) failed to check in on him for "several" hours before his death early Saturday morning, the Washington Post reported. An official with knowledge of the investigation told the paper that the Justice Department was told Epstein would have a cellmate and be monitored by a guard every 30 minutes.

Epstein's removal from suicide watch would have been approved by both the warden of the jail and the facility's chief psychologist, said Jack Donson, a former prison official who worked for the Bureau of Prisons for more than two decades.

"Once an inmate has been placed on watch, the watch may not be terminated, under any circumstance, without the program coordinator or designee performing a face-to-face evaluation", according to the federal Bureau of Prisons official guidelines issued in 2007.

Sampson said that private pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, was permitted to observe the autopsy examination at the request of those representing Epstein, and with the awareness of the federal prosecutor. "This is routine practice", Barbara Sampson, the city's chief medical examiner, said in a August 11 statement.

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A source told Reuters that the financier wasn't on suicide watch at the time of his death.

Epstein had been jailed since early July, when he pleaded not guilty to charges by NY federal prosecutors after an indictment accused him of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls, some as young as 14.

Giuffre, in an interview with The New York Times, said she's grateful Epstein will never harm anyone again, but is angry that there would be no chance to see him answer for his conduct.

Epstein's suicide was likely recorded by jail cameras, according to Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his NY and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, to which Epstein pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutors in NY reopened the probe after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over that plea bargain.

"My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death".


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