Jeffrey Epstein's NY jail was short-staffed

New York coroner 'confident' Epstein's death was suicide

Guards in Jeffrey Epstein's unit were working "extreme overtime" in the hours before his death, leaving gaps in his supervision, United States media report. Barr previously said that both the FBI and the Department of Justice's inspector general were opening investigations into Epstein's death. Epstein pled not guilty, but had he been convicted, he faced up to 45 years in prison.

Corrections officers did not check on Epstein for "several" hours prior to his body being discovered, according to the Washington Post.

Law enforcement officials told The New York Post on August 11 that there is no surveillance footage of the apparent suicide.

Dr Sampson said that a city medical examiner conducted the examination on Sunday while a private pathologist observed, at the request of Epstein's representatives.

He blamed the Metropolitan Correctional Center for failing to "adequately secure this prisoner". A person familiar with the jail's operations told The Associated Press that a guard in Epstein's unit was working a fifth straight day of overtime and another guard was working mandatory overtime the day he was found.

"If it wasn't Mr. Epstein, it would have been somebody else, because of the conditions at that institution". "It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked".

"Judicial Watch has begun its own independent investigation", he said.

The guards failed to follow several protocols leading up to Epstein's death, according to the New York Times.

A French advocacy group for child sex abuse victims, Innocence En Danger (Youths at Risk), has also asked French prosecutors to open an inquiry.

In the days since Epstein's death while awaiting charges that he sexually abused underage girls, a portrait has begun to emerge of Manhattan's federal detention centre as a chronically understaffed facility that possibly made a series of missteps in handling its most high-profile inmate.


The young women were paid hundreds of dollars in cash to massage him, perform sexual acts and to recruit other girls, prosecutors alleged.

On Friday, more than 2,000 pages of documents were released related to a since-settled lawsuit against Epstein's ex-girlfriend by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's accusers.

USA federal prosecutors said in a court filing that Epstein was worth at least US$500 million (AU$740 million), and brought in more than US$10 million in annual income, NY Mag reported.

He also shared a tweet claiming that "top Democrats, including Bill Clinton, took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein's 'pedophilia island'".

Speaking at the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans on Monday, Barr said, "We are now learning of serious irregularities" at the MCC, where Epstein was found dead Saturday morning, an apparent suicide.

Epstein was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan where he was being held on new sex-trafficking charges. He also warned the financier's "co-conspirators" to "rest easy".

"Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered", Barr said in a statement.

Epstein should have been checked on by guards in his cell every 30 minutes, but that didn't happen the night before his apparent suicide, a law enforcement official told the Times.

Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault.

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