Prosecutors preparing to file charges against Epstein prison guards


Forum Staff
Oct 2010
They allegedly refused a plea deal.

Jeffrey Epstein's guards could face charges this week, source says
Charges are expected to be filed this week — likely as soon as Tuesday — against two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he took his own life, a person familiar with the matter told CBS News. The charges are likely to include falsifying prison records.​
Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges involving teenage girls. The medical examiner's office ruled his death a suicide by hanging on August 16, but the death raised questions about how he could have died on the correctional center's watch.​
CBS News reported Friday that the two officers were offered the opportunity to plead guilty by federal prosecutors, but that they declined the offer.​

  • Like
Reactions: se7en
Jul 2019

their attorney says while falsifying records is wrong, they're being scapegoated, and I agree

Two federal workers who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail are expected to be charged on Tuesday in connection with their alleged failure to check on him every half-hour, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The two federal Bureau of Prisons employees were expected to appear in United States District Court in Manhattan.

The charges would be the first to arise from a criminal investigation into the death of Mr. Epstein, the disgraced financier who hanged himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

A person briefed on the case had earlier said that the two federal workers had already been arrested, but others involved in the case said later in the morning that the arrests had not yet been carried out and the two workers would be charged later in the day.

Mr. Epstein, 66, had been in custody for more than a month when he was found dead on Aug. 10. New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.

The workers came under scrutiny shortly after Mr. Epstein’s death, because they were responsible for monitoring the high-security protective housing unit where Mr. Epstein, who had only recently been removed from a suicide watch was being held.

Rather than checking on Mr. Epstein every 30 minutes as they were supposed to, the workers fell asleep for hours and falsified records to cover up what they had done, according to several officials with knowledge of the matter.

Jose Rojas, an official in the prison workers’ union and a teacher at the Coleman prison complex in Sumter County, Fla., said that, although he did not condone falsifying records, the two prison staff members were being scapegoated for Mr. Epstein’s death.

Mr. Rojas said missing rounds and doctoring records was generally treated as a policy violation in the bureau, not as a criminal matter.
And, he said, there was blame to go around.

“There’s culpability at the top,” Mr. Rojas said. “They always try to blame the lowest person on the totem pole.”
Mr. Epstein had pleaded not guilty and was set to go on trial next year. If he had been convicted, he would have faced up to 45 years in prison.

Three weeks before his death, Mr. Epstein was found injured in his cell in what was then investigated as a possible suicide attempt. By the time of his death, Mr. Epstein had been taken off suicide watch but was supposed to have another inmate in his cell. The prison allowed him to be housed alone the day he died, Mr. Rojas said.

Additionally, the Manhattan jail had been short staffed for quite some time. On the night when Mr. Epstein died, both staff members were working overtime. One had volunteered to work, having already done several tours of overtime that week. The other had been forced to work a 16-hour double shift.

The staffing problems at the Manhattan jail are emblematic of a larger shortage of correctional officers in federal jails and prisons across the country.

These facilities have been dealing with rising levels of violence and other safety problems as the Trump administration has curtailed hiring in its quest to shrink the government, according to an investigation by The New York Times last year.
Some prisons have been so pressed for guards that they have forced teachers, nurses and other support staff to step in. That can lead to security risks because substitute workers are often less familiar with the inmate population than regular guards and can miss cues indicating that trouble is brewing, The Times’s investigation found.
and there were only two guards
and they both fell asleep for a couple of hours at the same time
May 2018
Jun 2018
South Dakota
Wonder if Trump went in to say goodbye before he had his cronies snap Epstein's neck?
More likely it was Hills or wild Willy. They, and a rather largre contingent of others, seem to have a lot to be fried for if Epstein was able to spill all the beans.
Apr 2019
Wonder if Trump went in to say goodbye before he had his cronies snap Epstein's neck?
It has been proven Trump broke all ties with Epstien and helped authorities when no one else would. Those no ones included Clinton. Trump has nothing to do with Epstein death. You are simply lying.