(USNewsMag.com) – A report released June 27 sheds new light on the death of Jeffrey Epstein.
According to information released from a federal investigation report, authorities at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center were negligent in their actions, which contributed to Epstein’s death.
In 2019, he was provided with extra linens and was not assigned a cellmate despite being on suicide watch. The Special Housing Unit where Epstein was held was not monitored sufficiently. The Metropolitan Correctional Center staff also failed to ensure its security cameras were able to record. These, as well as other precautions not taken, contributed to Epstein killing himself while waiting for his federal trial for sex trafficking.
The Department of Justice’s Inspector General released the report June 27, stating the misconduct that led to his suicide deprived his victims of a trial.
The report states that Epstein was allowed privileges not allowed to other inmates. On Aug. 9 he was allowed to make an unmonitored and unrecorded phone call. Staff allowed him to use a line that inmates typically use to call their attorneys. Though Epstein stated he was calling his mother, who had died in 2004, he called a 646 area code number.
Two Special Housing Unit staff members falsified records of the incident, though the charges filed against the two were ultimately dismissed. The report four another four employees who had falsified records.
A month before Epstein’s death, which the medical examiner ruled a suicide, his former cellmate said he had attempted suicide, and Epstein was then placed on suicide watch. Aug. 9, 2019, the former cellmate was transferred, the day before Epstein was found dead in his cell.
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, has publicly stated that she believes he was killed. Maxwell is currently serving a 20-year sentence.
Since 2021, the Metropolitan Correctional Center has been closed as the Department of Justice stated improvements to the conditions of the facility needed to be made.
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