Something stinks at the MCC, the federal lockdown where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. The warden, Shirley Skipper-Scott, needs to come clean because the place was a disaster.
Just days before the Epstein debacle guards at the MCC let a serial bank robber walk free. Michael Matthews had served most of his time for bank robbery and was released to a halfway house.
He never showed and instead robbed three more banks. He was eventually caught and was looking at many years behind bars for the new bank robberies.
While sitting there and looking at what could be the rest of his life behind bars he was inexplicably released.
Wow. He is now back in custody but what incompetence.
From New York Daily News:
The seasoned convict had been in arrested in January after failing to report to a Brooklyn halfway house in September 2018, where he was sent to finish out his sentence, Brooklyn Federal Court documents show.
He was also hit with charges for allegedly committing three more bank robberies while on the lam, prosecutors said — meaning he should never have walked out of MCC a free man.
“The government is currently seeking additional information about the circumstances prompting the defendant’s pre-sentencing release, and sets forth below those facts that the government has confirmed to date,” reads an Aug. 13 letter from prosecutors to Judge Dora L. Irizarry regarding the events that led to the mishap.
The embarrassing blunder came just days before Epstein, 66, hanged himself in his MCC cell — and officials admitted he was taken off suicide watch by guards despite suspicions he’d already once tried to end his life in jail as the criminal case against him heated up.
Lawmakers launched furious demands for an investigation as conspiracy theories about his shocking demise flooded social media.
Officials put two MCC staffers on leave and transferred the warden overseeing the high-profile inmate, amid reports that guards slept on the job and then falsified log entries to make it seem like they were frequently checking on inmates — raising the question of what else may have been bungled behind jail walls.
According to prosecutors’ Aug. 13 letter, Matthews was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Fairton, N.J., in September 2018 and transferred to a residential reentry center in Brooklyn to complete his nine-year prison term.
He never showed up at the halfway house, becoming an “escapee,” the letter said. He then robbed three banks the next month, officials said. Authorities picked him up Jan. 15.
From NBC: The warden of the federal lockup where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently took his life has been temporarily reassigned and two guards tasked with watching the financier were placed on leave, Justice Department officials said Tuesday.
The move to reassign the warden, Shirley Skipper-Scott, came days after since Epstein’s body was found at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
“Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate,” according to a statement by Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec.