Jeffrey Epstein, as you’ve probably become aware of by now, is said to have committed suicide in his New York jail cell on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. While it’s certain that Epstein has passed away, many people feel that Epstein’s passing was not, in fact, actually a suicide.
Whether one believes that Jeffrey Epstein, who had been convicted of child sex crimes a decade ago, took his own life or not, one thing’s for certain – the conditions of Epstein’s incarceration at the time of his death were far from being normal.
Yesterday, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, The New York Times reported that guards at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center had falsified reports that they had checked on inmates as often as they said they did.
Further, according to the report from The New York Times, which cited information from multiple officials who spoke under the condition of anonymity, correctional officers at the facility actually fell asleep when they were on the clock. The officials stated that the jail’s employees failed to check on Jeffrey Epstein for as long as three hours at a time, far longer than they were instructed to keep an eye on him for.
The correctional officers working at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center who were responsible for keeping up with Epstein, as well as other inmates being housed at the facility, reported that they kept an eye on the unit Jeffrey was housed in every 30 minutes.
According to the United States Department of Justice, the two correctional officers who failed to do their job on Saturday have been all but fired from their positions, having been temporarily assigned to administrative leave.
Epstein, who was 66 years old at the time of his passing, committed suicide by hanging, having constructed a makeshift rope out of a standard jail-issue blanket that all inmates are assigned.
CBS News recently reported that, citing an unnamed source who had inside knowledge of the incident, yelling came form Epstein’s cell early on Saturday morning. Guards, one of whom did not regularly work at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, tried to bring the deceased Epstein back to life, allegedly saying “breathe, Epstein, breathe” while they attempted to do so.
Jeffrey Epstein was being housed in a specialized unit known as the Special Housing Unit, or “the SHU,” which is reserved for inmates who are being punished or who need to be supervised more thoroughly than their general-population counterparts.