Prison warden, 2 guards axed from jobs after pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's death
The warden at the New York jail where Jeffrey Epstein died has been removed from his job alongside two guards assigned to Epstein’s unit.
The US Department of Justice announced that two of the prison guards tasked with watching Epstein have been placed on administrative leave, they announced Tuesday in a press release.
US Attorney General William Barr has temporarily reassigned the warden at Manhattan Correctional Center to an office position.
Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec wrote: ‘Today, the attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.’
The release went on to state that James Petrucci, former warden at the Federal Correctional Institute in Otisville, has been named the acting warded at MCC.
Attorney General Barr expressed his outrage regarding ‘serious irregularities’ at the New York City jail where Epstein was found dead of apparent suicide over the weekend.
On Monday, Barr said: ‘We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.
Both the FBI and the Justice Department are investigating Epstein’s death.
According to CNN, Epstein had a cellmate and guards were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes – but his cellmate was moved out and no one had checked on Epstein for hours before he was found dead.
Two of the guards assigned to monitor Epstein’s cell were both working overtime. One was working a mandatory overtime shift while the other was working his fifth overtime shift of the week.
DOJ officials said the Manhattan jail suffered a breakdown of protocols that spans back years, according to CNN.
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