UPDATE: New information comes to light on Epstein jail suicide
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It was Friday night in a protective housing unit of the federal jail in Lower Manhattan, and Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of trafficking girls for sex, was alone in a cell, only 11 days after he had been taken off a suicide watch.
Just that morning, thousands of documents from a civil suit had been released, providing lurid accounts accusing Mr. Epstein of sexually abusing scores of girls.
The article goes on to state the following:
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 followed that night, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of his detention said.
In addition, because Mr. Epstein may have tried to commit suicide three weeks earlier, he was supposed to have had another inmate in his cell, two officials said. But the jail had recently transferred his cellmate and allowed Mr. Epstein to be housed alone, a decision that also violated the jail’s procedures, the two officials said.
At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, guards doing morning rounds found him dead in his cell. Mr. Epstein, 66, had apparently hanged himself.
The disclosures about these seeming failures in Mr. Epstein’s detention at the Metropolitan Correctional Center deepened questions about his death and are very likely to be the focus of inquiries by the Justice Department and the F.B.I.
Officials cautioned that their initial findings about his detention were preliminary and could change.
The federal Bureau of Prisons has already come under intense criticism for not keeping Mr. Epstein under a suicide watch after he had been found in his cell on July 23 with injuries that suggested he had tried to kill himself.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) August 11, 2019
“In addition, the jail had transferred his cellmate and allowed Mr. Epstein to be housed alone in a cell just two weeks after he had been taken off suicide watch, a decision that also violated the jail’s normal procedure, two officials said.” #Epstein https://t.co/52dKM6v8NI
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 11, 2019
Epstein was reportedly left alone and not monitored before he killed himself in Manhattan jail cell https://t.co/f8G9p9ZSov
— CNBC (@CNBC) August 11, 2019
NEW: The NY Times reports Epstein was supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes, but the procedure wasn’t followed the night before he was found dead. He was left alone without a cell mate in violation of the jail’s normal procedure. https://t.co/utKtWSjp4x
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) August 11, 2019
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