The US government announced the closure of the New York City federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein was held.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan requires construction and new security, issues that preceded Epstein’s suicide. In a statement, the Department of Justice wrote, “In an effort to address the issues at MCC NY as quickly and efficiently as possible, the Department has decided to close the MCC, at least temporarily, until those issues have been resolved.”
Other complaints from inmates and legal teams accuse MCC of poor conditions, from rodent and insect infestations, contaminated sinks, poor sewage, and water leaks. Following Epstein’s death, investigations were launched into the jail, although issues with the prison guard on duty were identified, rather than MCC itself.
Currently, the jail holds 233 inmates, and plans to transfer the criminals to a Brooklyn location are in process. “It’s been a long time coming addressing the infrastructure issues,” said Jack Donson, an official at the bureau. “Is it coincidental with the recent publicity of the Epstein suicide and the rampant corruption in that facility? It makes sense to maybe start anew.”
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