Following the suicide of the multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex crimes, the US Department of Justice has taken further human-related consequences: the management of the Federal Bureau of Prison will be re-staffed, said Justice Secretary Bill Barr. The authority is responsible for the administration of federal prisons. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer is said to replace Hugh Hurwitz, who held the post for 15 months. The former prison psychologist already led the agency between 1992 and 2003.
Epstein had been found dead in his New York prison cell nine days ago. According to the Ministry of Justice, he committed suicide. The 66-year-old is said to have sexually abused young girls and women for years and instigated prostitution. In a conviction, the Americans, who had good contacts with numerous politicians and celebrities, threatened up to 45 years in prison.
Justice Minister Barr had spoken of "serious irregularities" in monitoring Epstein's life and promised a "thorough investigation" into the circumstances of death. Epstein had already been found injured in his cell on July 23 after a suspected suicide attempt. His increased surveillance for suicide was set but on July 29, again.
Last week, the Department of Justice had already transferred the director of the New York Prison for the duration of the investigation and suspended two guards.