DOJ Behind Shutdown of Epstein Jail

DOJ Behind Shutdown of Epstein Jail

( – New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) has been the center of criticism from lawyers, inmates, and judges for years. The 2019 suicide of pedophile Jeffery Epstein within its walls brought the prison’s horrendous conditions to light once again.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would shut down the jail “at least temporarily” until conditions improve.

On Thursday, August 26, federal officials announced the plans to temporarily relocate the 233 inmates at the MCC in Lower Manhattan while revamping the facility and its leadership. The jail often housed high-profile defendants like Mexican drug lord El Chapo and the late Epstein. Still, officials have not released information as to which facility will hold the current prisoners next.

The New York Times was one of the first outlets to report on the shutdown:

While the building itself is quite old and needs repairs, it has also gone through four wardens in two years. In addition, after Epstein’s suicide, prosecutors charged two guards with falsifying records when an investigation revealed they were sleeping and perusing the internet when they should have been checking in on Epstein.

Our federal prison system must protect its inmates so that the US justice system can hold them accountable for their actions. Thus, reforms prioritizing safety, efficiency, and proper staffing are critical to securing our nation’s most heinous criminals.

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