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Prisons director demoted over Epstein death

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/19/19, 02:07 pm

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday reassigned the director of the agency in charge of the federal prison where billionaire and accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. Hugh Hurwitz will go from acting director of the Bureau of Prisons to a deputy in charge of reentry programs for prisoners.

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Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide in jail

by Mickey McLean
Posted 8/10/19, 01:18 pm

The accusers of a man charged with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls as part of a sex-trafficking ring will not get their day in court. The Federal Bureau of Prisons said well-connected financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in his jail cell Saturday morning at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he awaited trial. Epstein, 66, who was denied bail, had pleaded not guilty.

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Justice Department ends freeze on executions

by Hannah Harris
Posted 7/25/19, 12:37 pm

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday ordered an end to a 16-year break from capital punishment for federal crimes. Five inmates convicted of murdering children now face December or January execution dates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. “We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” Barr said.

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