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The prison guards for alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein may have falsified the records showing that they were checking in on the jet-setting financier leading up to his apparent suicide at the Manhattan Correctional Center on Saturday.
Mola Lenghi of CBS News reported Tuesday evening that a law enforcement source said “corrections officers may have falsified the reports that they checked on Jeffrey Epstein as required by protocol.” He further said Epstein had been assigned a cellmate, but the fellow prisoner posted bail on Friday, leaving Epstein alone the day before he died. Lenghi said another source noted that “it appears Epstein had been dead one to two hours before he was found.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The Bureau of Prisons said Epstein was found “unresponsive in his cell” on Saturday morning in the Special Housing Unit following “an apparent suicide.” Many questions remain about why Epstein was taken off suicide watch despite allegedly being found nearly unconscious on his cell floor with marks on his neck back in July and why such a high-profile prisoner was not more closely monitored.
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“A representative for staffers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center said work conditions at the facility have been inadequate for nearly two years,” CBS News reported. “Corrections officers have long complained about being overworked with 60-plus hour work weeks and mandatory overtime.”
Reports say a temporary employee was on watch at the detention center on Friday night and into Saturday morning, according to multiple sources.
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that the prison’s while two prison staffers are to be placed on administrative leave.
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