New York Jail Removes Ghislaine Maxwell from Suicide Watch

Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged partner in crime of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is no longer on suicide watch at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Centre.

Authorities said Maxwell’s legal team has petitioned  Judge Alison Nathan to transfer her to the general population of the jail facility.

Her lawyers say Maxwell still undergoes round-the-clock surveillance and searches every day.

Reports said that Maxwell’s legal team endures “uniquely onerous conditions,” and is ”treated less favourably than a typical pretrial detainee.” They add that the British heiress “has been confined alone in an area outside of the general population (of inmates) for the entire 36 day period … and there is no indication that this will change.” 

Moreover, the socialite has been forced to wear clothing, they say, which marks certain prisoners as being suicide risks.

When it comes to monitoring, Maxwell is watched, via closed circuit cameras, by “multiple prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular (Metropolitan Detention Center) personnel. These prison guards observe Ms Maxwell and take notes on her every activity.”

Maxwell has been in the MDC Brooklyn jail facility since July 2. She has been denied bail after her arrest and was considered a flight risk.

The 58-year-old faces up to 35 years behind bars if convicted for allegedly enticing minors to engage in illegal sexual activities. 

Her former partner, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, was found dead inside his prison cell on August 10th, 2019. He was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he hanged himself.

Epstein was taken off suicide watch prior to his death and jail officials are being extra careful with Maxwell.