Correctional officers who worked in a special unit inside the New York City jail that housed Jeffrey Epstein — before his apparent suicide — had worked extreme overtime shifts to compensate for staffing shortages, according to reports Sunday.
The Associated Press cited an unnamed source in a Sunday report that said the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s Special Housing Unit was staffed with a single guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime.
Epstein, 66, was found unconscious in his cell Saturday. He later was pronounced dead from an apparent suicide, raising questions as to how the wealthy financier might have been able to kill himself under the nose of staff in the high-security facility.
The correctional center did not immediately return Fox News’ requests for comment.
The Justice Department was told Epstein would be monitored by a guard every half-hour and would be housed with a cellmate, an official with knowledge into the investigation told the AP.
The cellmate recently had been transferred, allowing Epstein to be housed alone, a violation of jail protocol, officials told The New York Times.
And according to the cited New York Times article:
Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored
The disclosures about apparent failures in Mr. Epstein’s detention deepened the questions about his death.
It was Friday night in a protective housing unit of the federal jail in Lower Manhattan, and Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of trafficking girls for sex, was alone in a cell, only 11 days after he had been taken off a suicide watch.
Officials had hoped to obtain information about how Epstein was able to get away with the crimes he allegedly committed in broad daylight. Now, all of that seems to have come crashing to earth by the apparent suicide (or, should we say Arkancide) of Jeffrey Epstein.
How is it possible for a man who had apparently attempted to commit suicide recently to have had the opportunity to do so in violation of common sense and explicit rules governing his custody? Will we get straight answers from those investigating the matter? One can only hope, but I’m not holding my breath. Anybody powerful enough to manipulate the system to allow a suicidal man to be left alone is probably powerful enough and smart enough to cover h/er tracks.