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The two staff members who were guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for about three hours, then falsified records to cover up their mistake, according to several law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the matter.
Those disclosures came on Tuesday as the two employees were placed on administrative leave and the warden of the jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, was temporarily reassigned, pending the outcome of the investigation into Mr. Epstein’s death, the Justice Department announced.
The article goes on to state the following:
The two staff members in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required, two of the officials said. Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime.
In fact, the two people guarding Mr. Epstein had been asleep for some or all of the three hours, three of the officials said.
The New York Times further reported:
One of the staff members was a former correctional officer who had taken a different position at the detention center that did not involve guarding detainees. He had volunteered to work again as a correctional officer for the extra overtime pay, a law enforcement official and an employee at the jail said.
The second officer, a woman who was assigned to that wing, had been ordered to work overtime because the jail was short staffed.
Damn it, this story is maddening. I live around the corner and would’ve volunteered for a shift to keep the bastard alive so he had his day in court. https://t.co/61Cv609jYT
— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) August 14, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein’s guards fell asleep and falsified records to cover up their failure to check on him for three hours before he died.https://t.co/XXewTzcMe9
— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) August 14, 2019
The two staff members in the unit where Jeffrey Epstein was held falsely recorded that they had checked in on him every half-hour, as required, two government officials told the @nytimes. One official said the guards were sleeping. https://t.co/Yag1r3N1in
— Danielle Ivory (@danielle_ivory) August 14, 2019
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