The repercussions of the recent suicide of the Jeffrey Epstein in the federal jail in Manhattan has still not been dying down. Two correctional officers who were assigned the duty of guarding him have been sent on administrative leave. The Justice Department has stated that the future course of action will be undertaken after the outcome of the investigation.
It may be recalled here that Epstein was found dead in his cell. He was found hanging himself using a bedsheet. An inquiry has been ordered into the death by the attorney general, William P. Barr. He has ordered investigations into how the convict could commit suicide and why was he taken off the suicide watch 12 days in advance.
Mr. Epstein was charged with the sexual abuse of the teenage girls in his mansions at Manhattan and Palm Beach. In fact, this is the second time he attempted to commit suicide. He tried to commit suicide on July 23 after being denied the bail. It was after this incident that he was kept on a suicide watch. However, he was found not to have any suicidal tendencies, and the suicide watch was taken off on July 29.
Two of the staff members falsely claimed and testified that they had been checking on him every half an hour. The investigation later found that the guards were lying and they had been sleeping all the while. Moreover, one of them wasn’t a correctional officer. Both the guards were working overtime due to the shortage of staff.