A report released by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found Jeffrey Epstein‘s death in 2019 came as a result of “negligence” and “misconduct.”
In the 128-page report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz writes that multiple flaws with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) were found, noting that negligence and misconduct bred an environment leading to Epstein’s suicide, according to Fox News.
According to the report, the BOP failed to assign him a roommate and provided him with “excess prison blankets, linens, and clothing,” even after a previous instance when Epstein had “tried to hang himself.”
“The combination of negligence, misconduct, and outright job performance failures documented in this report all contributed to an environment in which arguably one of the BOP’s most notorious inmates was provided with the opportunity to take his own life,” the report read.
NEW: The DOJ inspector general finds Jeffrey Epstein–found dead in a cell with a bedsheet tied around his neck in 2019–died by suicide.
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About two weeks before Epstein’s death, he had been placed on a suicide watch after he had tried to hang himself in his cell on July 23, 2019. After the July 23 incident, Epstein’s roommate was transferred on August 9 despite the Psychology Department finding that Epstein “needed to be housed with an appropriate cellmate,” according to the report.
“The OIG’s investigation and review identified numerous and serious failures by MCC New York staff, including multiple violations of MCC New York and BOP policies and procedures,” the report read.
Other shortcomings included Epstein being allowed to make a “unrecorded, unmonitored telephone call” to a woman he had claimed was his mother. This went against BOP policy, according to the report.
The report found that “two MCC employees, Noel and Thomas” had falsified BOP records, and the two were “charged criminally.”
“While the OIG determined MCC New York staff engaged in significant misconduct, we did not uncover evidence contradicting the FBI’s determination regarding the absence of criminality in connection with how Epstein died,” the report read, adding that there was no evidence found that anyone had been in the room at the time of Epstein’s death.
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