Just 18 workers were guarding 750 jail inmates on the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide

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The Manhattan jail that the financier Jeffrey Epstein died in last Saturday was chronically understaffed and had tasked just 18 workers with guarding 750 inmates.
Ten of those workers were working overtime when Epstein died, The New York Times reported, citing Bureau of Prison records.
The staffing problems have frequently resulted in workers like teachers or nurses guarding inmates, even though they are not correctional officers.
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On the night that Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail, just 18 workers were tasked with guarding the roughly 750 inmates locked up there, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The financier and accused sex trafficker hanged himself with a bed sheet in his cell, just weeks after he was removed from suicide watch.

Epstein was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy, and federal prosecutors had accused him of abusing dozens of girls as young as 14.

The Metropolitan Correctional Center has faced intense scrutiny following revelations that the two guards who were supposed to check in on Epstein every 30 minutes were actually asleep for several hours and falsified the jail logs.

Both guards had been working extreme overtime shifts, and one was only a former corrections officer who had volunteered for the shift.

Read more: Epstein’s last days were spent emptying vending machines with his lawyers in a private meeting room, avoiding suicide watch, and paying other inmates’ commissaries

But the strenuous overtime hours the guards were working appears not to have been unusual for the facility. The Times reported that of the 18 workers in the jail that the night Epstein died, 10 were on overtime.

One post was even vacant, The Times reported, citing Bureau of Prison records.

The Times report documented a slew of appalling conditions at MCC, including chronic staffing issues that resulted …read more

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Tiger-Cats extend lead in East with win over RedBlacks

OTTAWA — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats earned their fourth win in its last five outings after picking up a 21-7 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday.

Hamilton (7-2) sits comfortably atop East Division standings and shares the best record in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the halfway point of the season.

Ottawa (3-6) is now 1-6 in its last seven after opening the year with back-to-back wins.

Redblacks kicker Lewis Ward saw his record field-goal streak of 69 come to an end when he missed a 31-yard attempt wide right in the first quarter.

Ward’s record is 30 more than the next longest streak and an impressive feat for the second-year kicker. Ward hadn’t missed a field goal since last year’s season opener.

Dominique Davis struggled for Ottawa, going 20 for 40 for 238 yards, while back-up Jonathan Jennings, who played part of the second quarter, was 2 for 6 for 31 yards.

Hamilton’s (7-2) Dane Evans was 24 for 39 for 299 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Tiger-Cats scored the game’s first touchdown as David Watford had a one-yard run to take an 11-1 lead early in the third.

Ottawa finally gave fans something to cheer about when Davis connected with Dominique Rhymes for a 47-yard pass, but settled for a 26-yard field goal to make it 11-4.

The Redblacks caught a break when Anthony Cioffi intercepted Evans in the end zone. A penalty was called for pass interference, but Ottawa challenged and upon review it was waived off.

Ottawa kept clawing its way back and made it 11-7 early in the fourth …read more

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The NYC bomb scare suspect’s brother says he has a history of mental illness and is not a threat to public safety

NYPD officers stand at an entrance of the Fulton Street subway station where there were reports of a suspicious package in Lower Manhattan on August 16, 2019 in New York City. The New York City Police Department has given the all-clear after two suspicious devices were found at the Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan and a third in the Chelsea neighborhood on Friday morning. The NYPD says bomb squad officers determined the objects were rice cookers and did not contain explosives.

The brother of the suspect behind the bomb scare in lower Manhattan’s Fulton Street subway station on Friday told The Daily Mail his brother is homeless, is not a bomber, and has a history of mental illness.
Larry Kenton Griffin II is now in police custody after he was seen on surveillance footage placing rice cookers in the station. A third cooker was also found several miles away from the station.
Griffin’s brother, Jason Griffin, said Larry’s actions were likely “a cry for help” after his brother was refused help from a psychiatric hospital two days earlier.
The fire and police departments found that the rice cookers were not explosive.
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The man suspected of placing rice cookers on a subway platform and sparking a bomb scare that rattled lower Manhattan during the morning rush hour is not dangerous and needs help, his brother said.

The abandoned rice cookers disrupted thousands of riders’ commutes, caused a major subway station to be evacuated, and launched a police investigation.

A third non-explosive cooker was found on a sidewalk two miles away from the station. The NYPD told INSIDER the investigation remains ongoing.

No explosives were found, and the suspect was seen on surveillance footage pushing the cookers in a grocery cart and placing them on the ground. Larry Kenton Griffin II, originally of Bruno, West Virginia, was taken into custody on Saturday after authorities found him in the Bronx.

Griffin has a history of criminal activity, but his brother told The Daily Mail that he does not pose a threat to public safety. He said his brother’s actions on Friday were likely a “cry for help” after he was refused care at a psychiatric hospital two days prior.

Griffin’s brother, …read more

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