Jeffrey Epstein denied having any suicidal thoughts and prison staff made a series of mistakes before his death, prison documents reveal

The report “Psychological Reconstruction of Inmates’ Death” by the National Coordinating Prisons Office for Suicide Prevention, Psychology Services Branch, Central Office, charts events and circumstances prior to Epstein’s death and notes that risk factors for suicide are “specific to sex offenders,” in addition to “risk factors for inmate death” The most general of suicide, it likely existed” in Epstein before his death.

“Despite his many companions, he had limited or important personal relationships. Although Mr. Epstein seemed to develop a large social and professional network, he was far from his only brother. Indeed, his identity seemed to be based on his wealth, power, and association with other notable individuals,” the report states.

CNN obtained the documents from the Bank of Palestine via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The documents were first obtained by The New York Times. The release of the documents comes less than a week before the Epstein-Associate Jesslyn Maxwell He is set to face trial for sex trafficking. Maxwell appealed to not guilty For all counts.

BOP declined to comment on any specific inmates, but said in a statement to CNN that “safe and humane accommodation for inmates is a top priority for BOP.”

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“Overall, the BOP has launched a task force dealing with the mental health implications of housing alone individuals in a cell, and is committed to improving the suicide prevention programme. In addition, the BOP is working to increase the number of beds available as mental illness safe. Health units, which will support Moving inmates with serious mental illness from restricted housing to safe treatment programs.The BOP is also taking a number of other steps to address mental health issues, including strengthening peer support programs, and continuing to train BOP staff in suicide prevention, risk assessment and emergency response, the agency said in its statement. “.

The text of the BOP report refers to it as an “interim report” due to the “inability to collect all necessary data,” notably the lack of formal interviews due to an effort to avoid interfering with the pending DOJ investigation, and the lack of a video clip since it was seized by the FBI prior to the report .

Documents reveal that Epstein has denied having any suicidal thoughts, despite the signs

When Epstein arrived at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on July 6, 2019, the report said the escort assistant described Epstein as “stunned, sad, and slightly confused.” Although Epstein said he was fine, she wasn’t convinced, writing that he “looks dazed and introverted.” She advised in an email that someone from psychology come and talk to him “just to be on the safe side and prevent any suicidal thoughts,” but there is no evidence that the email recipient, a lieutenant, called the psychologist when calling at the time, according to for the report.

According to the report, after a court hearing on July 8, Epstein denied being a suicide but was placed in the position psychological observation – Less restrictive than Suicide Watch – due to its risk factors. The next day, a blast prevention psychiatrist formally assessed Epstein’s suicide risk and decided he should remain under observation “out of extreme caution.” On July 10, the report said Epstein was removed from the psychological monitoring program.
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The report also states that Epstein “denied any history of mental health problems, substance abuse, and treatment” during a routine check of incomes at the MCC facility in Manhattan on July 8, and denied any suicidal thoughts.

Later that month, Epstein was placed on probation following a subjective suicide risk assessment on July 23, but was removed from probation and returned to psychiatric observation the following day.

It is unclear when he was taken off “psychiatric observation” due to a discrepancy in the papers but he attended a court hearing on July 31 when the US Marshals Service noticed “suicidal tendencies,” according to the report.

The report adds that “Epstein was facing challenges adjusting to his environment and lifestyle changes,” including sleep problems, complaints about noise at the facility and concerns for his safety. The report says Epstein has described himself on two occasions as a “coward” and “someone who dislikes pain”.

The report also notes that the disclosure of documents claiming new details about allegations of sexual assault against Epstein the day before his death “further eroded.”[ed] The high status he once had and some of his partners may have been involved. The lack of important personal relationships, the complete loss of his standing both in society and among his colleagues, and the idea of ​​spending his life in prison likely contributed to Mr. Epstein’s suicide.”

Procedural errors by BOP staff prior to Epstein’s death

CNN Previously mentioned Prison guards failed to verify Epstein for several hours the night he died by suicide, but the BOP report also notes several additional mistakes made by BOP staff in the time leading up to his death.
Report: Guards failed to check Jeffrey Epstein for 3 hours

On one occasion, the report states that someone filling out Epstein’s Psychology Services Intake Check form checked the box that says “No sexual offense convictions” when in fact, Epstein had previous convictions related to soliciting underage people for prostitution. The report also says Epstein, who was white, was mistakenly identified as a black male.

Furthermore, a review of prison records revealed “a number of incomplete entries” regarding provisions and receiving essential services such as recreation, medical records, bathing and meal consumption. The report states that there have been several instances in which it was not clear whether Epstein was eating, bathing or being offered entertainment. In addition, according to the report, a review of the records showed “significant inconsistencies” from the facility’s approved procedural note.

The BOP report also notes that the day before his death, Epstein ended his legal visit early to make a phone call. He told BOP staff he had been calling his mother, but records show she has been dead since at least 2004.

CNN’s Brian Vitaliano and Lauren Del Valle contributed to this report.


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