The two prison guards who failed to check on Jeffrey Epstein every 30 minutes were both ‘working long overtime shifts at the understaffed jail’ on the night he killed himself, sources claim

Sunday, August 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his prison cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center on Saturday morning
An autopsy conducted by the New York City Medical Examiner was taking place Sunday following his death
Source has claimed guards at the jail did not follow procedure and check inmates every 30 minutes overnight
One guard was working his fifth day of overtime, the second had been forced to work overtime, sources say
Suggestion his death was not recorded as the area he was detained does not have cameras pointing in cells
Epstein, 66, was briefly hospitalized on July 24 after being found semi-conscious on the floor of his jail cell
He had been removed from suicide watch by the time of his death, which has sparked widespread anger
AG Will Barr has ordered both the FBI and the Inspector General to open investigations into death
Suicide comes 24 hours after court documents were unsealed implicating powerful men in sex scandals

By CHRIS SPARGO and ANDREW COURT and MEGAN SHEETS and LAUREN FRUEN
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 August 2019

The two prison guards at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan jail who reportedly failed to follow procedure and check on prisoners every 30 minutes were both working long overtime shifts the night the pedophile took his own life, a source has revealed.

The former financier, 66, was found hanging in his prison cell shortly before 7am and was rushed to nearby New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A prison official told The New York Times one of the guards was working his fifth straight day of overtime at the short staffed jailhouse while the second corrections officers was had been forced to work overtime.

A source had said that two jail guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed overnight.

In addition, every 15 minutes guards are required to make another check on prisoners who are on suicide watch.

It comes after a photo emerged of the pedophile’s body being wheeled into hospital on a gurney. But it is unlikely his death was recorded as the area he was detained in does not have cameras pointing towards cells, TMZ reports.

Cameras are said to film the doors to each cell which would show anyone who entered or exited the cell, but they don not point inside.

An autopsy conducted by the New York City Medical Examiner was taking place Sunday.

The decision to remove Epstein, who was possibly the most high-profile inmate in the federal jail system, from suicide watch has both baffled former wardens and veterans of the federal prison system alike.

A separate source revealed to DailyMail.com that Epstein actually told prison guards and fellow inmates that he believed someone had tried to kill him in the weeks before his death.

The insider, who had seen the disgraced financier on several occasions during his incarceration at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, also claims that the normally reserved Epstein seemed to be in good spirits.

‘There was no indication that he might try to take his own life,’ the source told DailyMail.com

‘From what I saw, he was finally starting to adjust to prison. I think he was comforted by the rigidity of his new life.’

But his suicide comes two weeks after he was hospitalized following what may have been an initial attempt to take his own life.

On July 24, Epstein was rushed to hospital under police guard after he was discovered semi-conscious on the floor of his prison cell in the fetal position. He spent several hours receiving medical attention before he was transported back to jail.

It has not been confirmed whether Epstein attempted suicide, or whether he may have been attacked inside his prison cell.

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