Negligence, staff failures led to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, a DOJ report says

Negligence, misconduct, and staff failures contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in 2019, according to a U.S. Justice Department Office of the Inspector General report.

Systemic issues: The report highlights several problems at both the Federal Bureau of Prisons and New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was held.
* Issues include severe staffing shortages, failures in managing inmates at risk for suicide, malfunctioning security cameras, and a widespread disregard of BOP policies and procedures.

Epstein’s death: The financier hanged himself in custody before he could stand trial for sex trafficking charges.
* Despite conspiracy theories, Inspector General Michael Horowitz stated there was no evidence contradicting the FBI’s determination that Epstein’s death was a suicide.

Special treatment: The report found Epstein received preferential treatment in jail, including sleeping on the floor, having extra blankets and clothes, and using an unmonitored jail phone.
* Additionally, Epstein was not re-assigned a new cellmate after a previous suicide attempt and was left unsupervised overnight.

Legal consequences: Two correctional officers were charged for failing to check on Epstein and fabricating records, while two other BOP employees were referred for criminal charges but not prosecuted.

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