For Inmate 76318-054, the notorious jail in Manhattan was a sharp departure from his formerly gilded life. Here’s what went down inside …
By Ali Watkins, Danielle Ivory and Christina Goldbaum, Aug 17, 2019
THE NEW YOFRK TIMES – Inmate 76318-054 hated his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
It was cramped, dank and infested with vermin, so Jeffrey Epstein, long accustomed to using his wealth to play by his own rules, devised a way out.
He paid numerous lawyers to visit the jail for as many as 12 hours a day, giving him the right to see them in a private meeting room.
Mr. Epstein was there for so long that he often appeared bored, sitting in silence with his lawyers, according to people who saw the meetings.
While they were there, he and his entourage regularly emptied the two vending machines of drinks and snacks.
“It was shift work, all designed by someone who had infinite resources to try and get as much comfort as possible,” said a lawyer who was often in the jail visiting clients. Bill Cosby Prepared To Die Alone, In Prison
Outside the meeting room, Mr. Epstein mounted a strategy to avoid being preyed upon by other inmates: He deposited money in their commissary accounts, according to a consultant who is often in the jail and speaks regularly with inmates there.
The jail was a sharp departure from his formerly gilded life, which had included a private island in the Caribbean, a $56 million Manhattan mansion and a network of rich and powerful friends.