US attorney general cites 'irregularities' at jail where Epstein died

Jeffrey Epstein's Jail Guards Were Working Substantial Overtime Before His Death – Reports

"I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody", he wrote.

William Barr said he was angry, and that there were "serious irregularities" at the jail which would be investigated.

"The FBI and office of the inspector general are doing just that".

Prosecutors said Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage teens, some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.

Epstein had been put under suicide watch following a suspected attempt at taking his own life last month. But he had been taken off that watch at the end of July and returned to the jail's special housing unit. But investigators have learned those checks weren't done for several hours before Epstein was found unresponsive, according to a person familiar with the episode.

"It is even said that he likes attractive women as much as I do, ' Trump once said of Epstein". That person also wasn't authorized to disclose information about the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

The manner in which Epstein killed himself has not been announced publicly by government officials.

The New York City medical examiner said an autopsy had been completed on Epstein on Sunday but that a determination on the cause of death is still pending. A private pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, observed the autopsy at the request of Epstein's lawyers. "Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered. It wasn't a matter of how it happened or it happening, but it was only a matter of time for it to happen", Gregg told the Post.

"To make good use of the money would be to determine if one of those charities would use the funds to study the prevention of this kind of abuse in the future". Reports say Epstein had apparently attempted suicide last month.

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Epstein, a convicted pedophile who befriended numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was found dead in his cell Saturday while awaiting trial on federal charges he trafficked underage girls for sex. He also warned the financier's "co-conspirators" to "rest easy". He was being held without bail for child sex trafficking, as well as conspiracy charges.

According to USA media reports, he kept a "little black book" with the names of over 100 "recruits" from areas where he had residences, including NY and Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Paris.

Schoen had been speaking to Epstein weeks prior and deliberating whether or not to take on the federal sex trafficking case authorities had brought against the billionaire.

Without Epstein to stand trial, legal experts told BBC's United States affiliate CBS News that federal prosecutors will likely dismiss the criminal case against Epstein. The bureau is part of the Justice Department and falls under the attorney general's supervision.

"What I see is a continued deterioration of leadership in the BOP", said Jack Donson, a retired correctional treatment specialist who worked for the agency for more than two decades.

Jail officials were still required to check on him periodically according to procedures.

Staffing shortages worsened by a partial government shutdown prompted inmates at the New York City jail to stage a hunger strike in January after they were denied family and lawyer visits. "It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked".

Suicide has always been the leading cause of death in USA jails overall.

And as Jackson Proskow reports, new questions are being raised about the apparent disappearance of Epstein's former girlfriend.

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