A Department of Justice watchdog has shared that the death of Jeffrey Epstein, a financier who faced scandal, was due to a mix of carelessness and wrong actions by a prison guard.
Epstein is believed to have ended his own life in his prison cell in August 2019, and since then, there’s been a lot of talk about what really happened, leading to an investigation.
According to Radar Online, the watchdog found that a bunch of mistakes contributed to Epstein’s death. This includes the prison guards not paying enough attention, broken systems, and not following the rules that they should have.
Michael Horowitz, an Inspector General with the Department of Justice, reportedly found that the Bureau of Prisons messed up in the case of Epstein’s death by making a series of big mistakes. It’s been reported that Epstein was not watched for a long time while he was in a federal jail in New York City, waiting for his trial. There were also problems with the security cameras in the jail.
Additionally, Horowitz discovered that Epstein had been given too many sheets for his bed, and he used these sheets to take his own life. This happened because Epstein didn’t want to face a trial for charges related to sex trafficking.
Furthermore, the jail in Manhattan messed up by not giving Epstein a new cellmate after his old one was moved. This left him by himself and without anyone keeping an eye on him, especially since he wasn’t being watched properly.
The findings by Horowitz are part of a report from 2023 that looks into how Epstein died. After he died in 2019, a lot of people talked about whether something sneaky was involved in his death. But this new report seems to make it clear that it was really carelessness that likely made it possible for Epstein to end his own life.
In Horowitz’s report, it is mentioned that 13 staff members at the jail did a really bad job, and Horowitz thinks that six of them should face charges.
Out of those six, Nova Noel and Michael Thomas were actually charged. These two were supposed to be keeping an eye on Epstein when he died, but instead, they were either shopping on the internet or sleeping, and not checking on him every 30 minutes like they were supposed to.
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