Listening to him pour fire and brimstone on the rank-and-file who run the jail, you almost have to wonder: Has Barr taken a look at his org chart recently? Because the Metropolitan Correctional Center is part of the Bureau of Prisons, which is part of the Justice Department, which Barr runs.
He is responsible for all of it. This happened in Barr’s house. He doesn’t get to stand outside, wag his finger, roll the blame downhill and call it a day.
To be sure, the MCC certainly seems to have failed
and must be held accountable. Trump-era budget cuts created staffing shortages
that the MCC has tried to resolve with lots of overtime pay and “augmentation” — a practice that allows prison cooks and teachers to temporarily fill in for trained corrections officers. Barr already has temporarily ordered the reassignment
of the MCC warden and placed two guards on administrative leave — a necessary but insufficient first step.
But ultimately Barr is the one who owes the American public — and most importantly, Epstein’s victims — answers to these questions:
Why was Epstein, who was found in his jail cell in late July with injuries that seemed to indicate a suicide attempt, taken off suicide watch
after less than a week? What was the plan to monitor Epstein after his removal from suicide watch, and was that plan followed? (Reportedly Epstein was not properly monitored on the night of his death).
What steps did Barr himself take (or could he have taken) to ensure the safety of…
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