…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Negligence and Misconduct: Factors in Epstein’s Suicide
A recent report has revealed that a “combination of negligence and misconduct” contributed to the ability of paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein to take his own life while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
The Justice Department Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, identified several key factors that allowed Epstein to kill himself alone in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.
Failures in Prison Protocols
The report highlighted failures in the prison’s protocols, including the failure to assign Epstein a new cellmate after his previous one left.
This left Epstein alone in his cell, which was a breach of standard procedure.
Additionally, problems with the CCTV system hindered the monitoring of Epstein’s activities.
It was also revealed that Epstein was provided with too many bed linens, which posed a security risk and were ultimately used in his suicide.
Lack of Proper Oversight and Staffing Issues
Another critical lapse in oversight was the failure to pair Epstein with another prisoner after his cellmate did not return from a court hearing.
This left Epstein without any supervision.
The report also highlighted staffing issues, with the workers assigned to guard Epstein failing to carry out their required checks.
Instead, they were reportedly sleeping and shopping online, neglecting their duty to monitor Epstein every 30 minutes as mandated.
Overtime and Overworked Staff
The workers responsible for guarding Epstein on the night of his death were working overtime.
One of them, who was not typically assigned to guard prisoners, was on their fifth consecutive day of overtime.
The other worker was on mandatory overtime, meaning they had to work a second eight-hour shift in the same day.
The report noted that some members of the jail staff involved in guarding Epstein were overworked, which likely contributed to their negligent behavior.
Investigation Findings and Accountability
The inspector general’s report affirmed the findings of previous investigations, stating that there was no evidence of foul play in Epstein’s death, thus refuting conspiracy theories.
However, it did identify 13 employees with poor performance and recommended charges against six individuals.
Ultimately, only the two workers directly responsible for guarding Epstein were charged.
They admitted to falsifying logs but avoided jail time through a plea deal.
These individuals have since left the Bureau of Prisons.
In conclusion, the report exposes the serious failures within the prison system that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to take his own life.
The lack of proper oversight, staffing issues, and negligence of the guards were significant contributing factors.
While accountability was pursued for some individuals, questions remain about the overall system that allowed such misconduct and negligence to occur.
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