An employee enters the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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The warden at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life over the weekend was removed Tuesday and two guards who were supposed to be watching the financier were placed on leave while federal authorities investigate the death.Epstein was taken off a suicide watch last month for reasons that have not been explained, and was supposed to have been checked on by a guard every 30 minutes.Attorney General William Barr ordered warden Lamine N'Diaye temporarily assigned to the Bureau of Prisons' regional office while the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general investigate.The Bureau of Prisons sent a team of prison psychologists, known as a suicide reconstruction team, to the jail on Tuesday, a Justice Department official said.More details began to emerge Tuesday about the guards who were supposed to be supervising Epstein and the conditions under which they were working.One of the guards, who had a different job in the jail and did not regularly perform correctional officer duties, was working a fifth straight day of overtime and the other guard was working mandatory overtime, the people said.Epstein was being held without bail on federal sex trafficking charges that could have brought 45 years in prison.
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