NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rich American financier Jeffrey Epstein, charged with intercourse trafficking in underage women, is now confined to a cell in a fortress-like concrete tower jail that has been criticized by inmates and legal professionals for harsh circumstances.
After his arrest on Saturday at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on arrival from Paris in his non-public airplane, Epstein was possible put in solitary confinement on the Metropolitan Correctional Middle (MCC) in decrease Manhattan, based on protection legal professionals and others conversant in the jail.
“When you may have somebody that’s allegedly a sexual predator like Jeffrey Epstein, he’ll should be in protecting custody,” Andrew Laufer, a lawyer who has represented MCC inmates in civil lawsuits towards jail officers, stated in an interview.
Epstein pleaded not guilty within the close by federal courtroom on Monday to at least one depend of intercourse trafficking and one depend of intercourse trafficking conspiracy. He’ll stay in jail a minimum of till a bail listening to on July 15. Federal prosecutors have stated he’s a flight danger due to his wealth and worldwide ties.
Prior to now, Epstein, 66, was recognized for socializing with politicians and royalty, with mates who’ve included U.S. President Donald Trump, former president Invoice Clinton and, based on courtroom papers, Britain’s Prince Andrew. None of these individuals was talked about within the indictment and prosecutors declined to touch upon anybody stated to be related to Epstein.
The indictment stated Epstein made younger women carry out nude “massages” and different intercourse acts, and paid some women to recruit others, from a minimum of 2002 to 2005 at his mansion in New York and property in Florida.
Marc Fernich, a lawyer for Epstein, declined to touch upon Epstein’s present circumstances.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) stated it doesn’t launch info on an inmate’s circumstances of confinement for security and safety causes.
The MCC homes about 800 inmates, most of whom are awaiting trial and haven’t been convicted. Distinguished inmates have included New York Mafia bosses, the fraudster Bernie Madoff and the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Inmates and protection legal professionals have complained of rat and cockroach infestations and uncomfortable extremes of warmth and chilly or issues with the water provide.
The jail’s harshest unit, recognized colloquially as “10 South”, has been in contrast unfavorably to the U.S. jail camp Guantanamo Bay. In 2011, rights group Amnesty Worldwide stated the unit, which has additionally been used to accommodate individuals accused of terrorism, flouts “worldwide requirements for humane therapy.”
One protection lawyer, who requested to stay nameless, stated that Epstein is probably going in “9 South,” a separate particular housing unit.
Inmates in protecting custody are allowed out of their cell for recreation just one hour a day, based on BOP tips and interviews with legal professionals.
Laufer and different legal professionals stated they believed that high-profile defendants resembling Epstein loved higher protections than most, partially as a result of jail officers are conscious of the embarrassment that hurt to a widely known inmate may convey.
If Epstein is moved right into a basic inhabitants unit, he would have entry to a shared widespread area with a tv utilized by different inmates within the unit.
There, nonetheless, he would possible be a goal for different inmates each due to his wealth and since he’s a registered intercourse offender following his 2008 conviction for soliciting a woman for prostitution in Florida.
“The intercourse offenders have a tough time,” Jack Donson, a former BOP worker who now works as a federal jail advisor in New York, stated in an interview. “He’s positively going to get ostracized.”
There are fewer actions and diversions for inmates on the MCC in comparison with another jails, Donson stated.
“It’s fairly confining, fairly boring, not harmful, however nonetheless no picnic,” Donson stated. “Particularly for those who’re a person of wealth: one minute you’re in your yacht or in a helicopter; subsequent minute you’re sitting at a desk taking part in playing cards with the boys.”
Reporting by Brendan Pierson and Jonathan Allen in New York; Modifying by Noeleen Walder and Grant McCool