Jeffery Epstein and his alleged criminal activity over the years garnered so much attention from the public that it’s not that hard to believe that the perpetrator took his life back in August of 2019 before he could face trial for his actions.
The loss of life is always tragic, so it’s important to get to the bottom of what happened and why Epstein was able to take his life when he should’ve been under police supervision based on the circumstances of his imprisonment.
Ongoing investigations into what happened that night have come to ahead as the Justice Department recently released a report that outlines the egregious failures of the Manhattan federal prison workers. The report goes so far as to recommend criminal charges for some of the Manhattan federal prison workers.
The report says that Epstein was able to keep extra linens in his cell. He was also unsupervised because the surveillance cameras inside his units didn’t operate correctly. Epstein was also left alone in his cell instead of being assigned a cellmate.
At around 10:40 PM on August 9th, prison guards checked on Epstein. He wasn’t checked on again until eight hours later, where he was found deceased. All of this transpired after Epstein had already previously been placed on suicide watch and had already attempted to kill himself before.
Clearly, several mistakes were made along the way, as prison guards should have reasonably known that Epstein could attempt to take his life again.
Is There Legal Recourse for Families after a Wrongful Death or Rights Violation in Prison?
The Jeffrey Epstein case has remained notorious and relevant throughout the years, so at initial glance, this report might not seem like that big of a deal. After all, most of us have known for years that the jailers were negligent when it comes to keeping up with Epstein. Despite that, this finding could be crucial for the loved ones of Epstein who are hoping to seek out justice of their own.
Since the guard’s negligence and misconduct directly lead to Epstein’s untimely death, it might be possible for the surviving loved ones of Jeffery Epstein to seek out a wrongful death claim against the negligent correction officers.
What’s more, this scathing report opens up the possibility of some of the prison employees getting hit with criminal charges.
If you’ve ever been in prison or jail and you feel like your rights were violated, then it’s crucial that you get in touch with a criminal defense attorney about what happened. A good lawyer will help you better understand your legal rights. If you believe your rights were violated in prison and the offenders should face criminal charges, then it might be possible for us to help you open up a case against the at-fault correction officers.
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