Following the death of Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide this month, Two prison guards have been suspended and a warden temporarily transferred from New York prison.
The suspension which was ordered by the Attorney General, William Barr, came a day after the “failure” of the prison management to monitor inmates, was criticized .
Epstein, was earlier taken off suicide watch list last month after a failed suicide attempt.
He also was supposed to have been checked on by a guard, every 30 minutes.
In a statement signed by Mr Barr, the Bureau of Prisons was directed to temporarily re-assign” warden Lamine N’Diaye to a regional office, pending a full investigation.
“He is to be replaced by James Petrucci, the warden of the federal prison in Otisville, New York.
Two other staff members who were assigned to Epsteins’ unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) have also been placed on leave.
“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” the statement added.
According to Washington Post, one of the guards on Jeffrey Epstein prison unit on Saturday – when he died – was not a regular correctional officer, but rather another form of prison employee who was directed to operate as a guard due to staffing shortages.
Both guards working on his unit were working overtime shifts, but it’s unclear whether they were doing so voluntarily.