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Warden Of Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Died Reassigned, Guards Put On Leave

Warden Of Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Died Reassigned, Guards Put On Leave

Attorney General William Barr ratcheted up his criticism of the Bureau of Prisons Monday in the wake of Saturday's apparent suicide of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has ordered immediate changes in leadership at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in NY following Jeffrey Epstein's death.

Mr Epstein was found dead on Saturday (local time) in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre (MCC) in lower Manhattan.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning and United States authorities have pledged to conduct a full investigation into his death, which has been classified as an apparent suicide.

"I was appalled - indeed, the entire department was - and frankly, angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner", Barr said Monday.

Days after his death in a USA jail, the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex-trafficking ring continues with new focus on the people who may have assisted in what authorities have called a rampant sexual abuse of underage girls. "Any co conspirators should not rest easy the victims deserve justice and they will get it", Barr said.

Officials also tell ABC News that part of the investigation into his death centers around why Epstein was not assigned a new cellmate after his previous cellmate was transferred out in the hours before Epstein took his own life.

He had been placed on suicide watch in late July after reportedly being found with marks on his neck, raising suspicions he had attempted suicide.

In February, the Justice Department asked the Office of Inspector General to review whether the Bureau of Prisons responded appropriately to a week-long power outage at the facility that left inmates shivering and led defence lawyers to sue over what they described as a "humanitarian crisis".

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His lifeless body was found in his cell around 6:30 a.m.by a guard conducting morning rounds.

US media reports said the jail had not followed protocol to secure Epstein's safety prior to the apparent suicide. Suicide still remains Epstein's presumed cause of death, however, according to a number of individuals briefed on the investigation.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has since said that there were "serious irregularities" at the jail holding the convicted sex offender.

While the Justice Department metes out discipline in the wake of Epstein's death, it is also pursuing possible charges against any Epstein co-conspirators.

The New York Post reported on Monday that Epstein "apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself with the makeshift noose".

Epstein's arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges. "We can not allow Epstein's accomplices to escape, too".

President Trump retweeted the comments of comedian Terrence K. Williams purporting that the Clintons were involved in Jeffrey Epstein's death.

A day before Epstein's apparent suicide, a federal appeals court released nearly 2,000 pages of documents relating to Epstein and his former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Following Jeffrey Epstein's death, attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing several of his alleged victims, called on the administrators of Epstein's estate to "freeze all his assets and hold them for his victims who are filing civil cases".