Mr. Lindsay mentioned Mr. Epstein shouldn’t have been taken off suicide watch, even when the jail’s chief psychologist had decided it was secure to take action. With a high-profile inmate, the warden ought to have erred on the aspect of warning and saved him underneath shut surveillance, separate from different inmates, Mr. Lindsay mentioned.
“A psychologist is going to think one way, but a warden needs to think a different way,” he mentioned. “You have to take the conservative, safe route and keep an individual like this on suicide watch.”
Mr. Lindsay identified that Mr. Epstein was additionally in danger to be attacked by different inmates due to the character of the allegations towards him. “In the subculture of prisons, it’s a badge of honor to take someone out like that,” he mentioned.
Other former jail officers additionally questioned the jail’s determination to place Mr. Epstein on suicide look ahead to such a brief time frame.
Though it isn’t unusual for an inmate to be on suicide look ahead to lower than per week, that’s sometimes completed in circumstances when an inmate receives dangerous information in courtroom or from household — not quickly after a suicide try, mentioned Bob Hood, a former chief of inner affairs for the Bureau of Prisons.
In Mr. Epstein’s case, not solely did he apparently try suicide on July 23, however humiliating data continued to be launched to the general public by means of information retailers, Mr. Hood mentioned. That would usually have prompted jail officers to maintain him underneath nearer surveillance, not take away him from the 24-hour-a-day suicide watch, he mentioned.
“Why he was taken off suicide watch is beyond me,” Mr. Hood mentioned.
He added, “A man is dead. The Bureau of Prisons dropped the ball. Period.”
Richard A. Oppel Jr. contributed reporting.