The suicide of multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein has raised many questions and brings attention to what employees say is a broad problem.
According to the New York Times, employees who aren’t prison guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York are doing guard duty and overtime shifts.
Epstein was facing charges of sex trafficking when he hanged himself on Saturday in his manhattan jail cell.
According to a person briefed on the matter at least one of the two employees on duty at the time of his death was not part of the regular detention workforce, but was filling in as a guard.
The person’s regular position is not publicly known.
Both guards were working overtime shifts.
Employees say budget cuts and hiring freezes put in place and have taken a toll at law enforcement agencies.
Epstein was taken off suicide watch on July 29th, days after his first suicide attempt.
He was supposed to be housed with a cellmate and checked on every 30 minutes.
The person briefed on the matter said in the hours before Epstein’s death was discovered, there were no checks made and his cellmate was moved out on Friday.