The Department of Justice announced Tuesday afternoon two employees working at Metropolitan Correction Center in New York City during the incarceration of pedophile Jeffery Epstein were been put on administrative leave. The employees were not named.
“Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate," DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec released in a statement. "FCI Otisville Warden James Petrucci has been named Acting Warden of the MCC New York. The Bureau of Prisons also placed on administrative leave two MCC staff assigned to Mr. Epstein’s unit pending the outcome of the investigations. Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant.”
During an event Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr warned potential co-conspirators that Epstein may be dead, but they aren't getting away. He also said there were serious irregularities found at the prison, specifically related to Epstein's detainment.
"Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy," Barr said. "We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation."
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The Department of Justice and the Department of Justice Inspector General have launched separate investigations into the circumstances of Epstein's alleged suicide.