March 1, 2021 05:27

Maxwell Seeks Release From ‘Intolerable’ Jail Conditions

Former Jeffrey Epstein companion Ghislaine Maxwell says conditions in her Brooklyn jail are oppressive. Guards with flashlights rouse her every 15 minutes to check whether she’s breathing. She is subjected to constant surveillance and strip searches. She has been deprived of food and sleep, and she is unable to communicate with friends or family. Federal prosecutors contend that Maxwell doesn’t have it so bad. She is released from her cell for 13 hours a day. She has her own shower, her own phone, use of two computers and  own TV, federal prosecutors wrote to oppose Maxwell’s request to be released on a $28.5 million bond, the New York Times reports. Maxwell, 58, is charged with contributing to Epstein’s abuse of teenage girls — one as young as 14 — more than two decades ago.

Maxwell was denied bail after she was arrested over the summer on grounds that she might flee. She is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn. In her new bail request, Maxwell’s lawyers proposed that she leave “intolerable” jail conditions and be released into house arrest at a friend’s home in New York City, with private security guards to keep her from fleeing. Maxwell’s lawyers assured Judge Alison Nathan that their client was not a flight risk.Epstein, 66, was found dead in August 2019, a month after his arrest, after he hanged himself in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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