'SMELLS LIKE THE GATES OF HELL': Cells at MCC jail where Epstein hanged himself flooded with raw sewage, attorney says
The federal lockup in lower Manhattan where Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself was an even crappier place than usual on Monday.
The women’s wing of the nightmarish Metropolitan Correctional Center was flooded with raw sewage — and inmates were being instructed to clean up the feces, David Patton, the executive director of Federal Defenders in Manhattan told the Daily News.
Lawyers received word in the morning that visits with their clients were canceled because flooding had disabled the elevators. Soon, Patton said, the Federal Defenders heard from 12 clients and three lawyers about the vile extent of the problem in the wing for female inmates.
One client, Patton said, reported that “it smells like the gates of hell.”
“After the toilets in the women’s unit all overflowed at 6 a.m., they brought some male inmates in around noon to wet-vac the unit floors. The floors are less flooded now, but there’s still lots of feces left all over the place, including in many of the cells,” Patton said, relaying information from inside the jail housing 746 inmates.
Petrucci started his job just two weeks ago. Attorney General William Barr pulled his predecessor out of the jail after Epstein hanged himself despite having recently been on suicide watch. Barr has said investigators uncovered numerous “irregularities” at the jail.
Conditions at the jail had not improved despite all the scrutiny following Epstein’s death, Patton said.
Attorney-client visits were also canceled over the weekend due to staffing shortages, Patton said. The correction officers on duty at the time of Epstein’s suicide on Aug. 10 reportedly failed to check on him every 30 minutes as required and falsified records showing they had done so.
“The facility is old and in desperate need of an overhaul, if not a complete rebuild,” said Bruce Barket, an attorney for a former cop accused of quadruple murder who shared a cell with Epstein. “There are rats, insects and repeated problems and plumbing.”
Epstein’s accusers are expected to speak during a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court before a judge formally closes the sex trafficking case against the multimillionaire pervert.
“We can confirm there was a sewage backup at MCC New York this morning. The backup was repaired, affected units were cleaned, and institution elevators returned to normal operations shortly after noon today,” the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.