News broke early on the morning of August 10th that alleged child sex trafficker Jeffry Epstein had killed himself while in federal custody. “He was transported in cardiac arrest at 6:39 a.m. from Metropolitan Correctional Center to New York Downtown Hospital.” This came just weeks after Epstein had allegedly attempted to strangle himself. When former football star Aaron Hernandez was placed under suicide watch, CNN attempted to understand how prisons handle such situations.
Traditionally, inmates are locked in a bare cell by themselves, she said. Many are given paper gowns or tear-proof clothing to prevent them from creating a noose. Their belongings are confiscated.
According to the Cornell Law School, inmates who are under suicide watch are to have staff, or dedicated observers who are responsible for “keeping the inmate under constant observation.” These people are also required to keep a log of “significant observed behavior” presumably for future reference.
If what CNN says is true, and we have no reason to believe that it is not, then it should not have been possible for Epstein to commit suicide. Unless Epstein found some hitherto unheard of method of stopping his own heart, he should not be dead today.
The connections that were becoming apparent in the case lead one to believe that a lot of wealthy and powerful people had a reason to make sure that Epstein didn’t give out any further information, specifically as Former President Bill Clinton and sitting President Donald Trump were being looked at for possible involvement in the sex ring. The public must know if there is any corruption in the federal justice system, specifically in this case that will likely implicate dozens of prominent public figures.
The department of corrections has a lot of questions to answer, and given that the suspect is now dead, the public should be given full access to all records of the alleged suicide, particularly as the death happened under federal public housing.