Warden of jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself reassigned by Justice Department

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A general view of the Manhattan Correctional Center where the US financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in New York, United States on August 10, 2019.

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The warden of the federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself was reassigned out of that post on Tuesday by Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons also placed two staffers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center who had been assigned to Epstein’s cell unit on administrative leave pending ongoing investigations into Epstein’s death.

Department of Justice spokewoman Kerri Kupec, in a prepared statement said, “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.”

“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.”

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