July 23, 2019

How The Other Half Serves

Jeffrey Epstein’s Prison Sentence Was A Four-Star Experience

by Chris Thomas

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

The Washington Post has an exposé on the conditions “endured” by Jeffrey Epstein after he pled guilty to attempting to rape children as young as 14.

I’ve had worse vacations.

Epstein spent most of his sentence in private accomodations guarded by men he himself paid. When he wasn’t asleep, he was on “work release” at a foundation he created just before his incarceration. Here, he “met with guests” in private while sheriff’s deputies “worked the front desk.” State logs of who these guests were have since been destroyed. Epstein was even allowed unsupervised access to his home while serving his sentence… for stretches of up to four hours at a time.

Now Epstein faces charges of child sex trafficking. Why does all of this matter? Because the absurd deal that kept Epstein largely unsupervised in county lockup was signed by Alexander Acosta, Trump's former Secretary of Labor.

Meanwhile, there’s a digital paper trail a mile wide suggesting that Trump and Epstein were close, partied together, and had a similar taste in girls.

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What can I do?

There’s a lot in the Epstein case that seems to demand investigation by Congress. Leaving this as a state matter almost begs for a repeat of the graft and influence peddling that marred Epstein’s last brush with the law. The same institution that saw fit to let a child rapist meet with “guests” behind closed doors, guarded those doors, and then destroyed the logs of who passed through them can’t be trusted to deliver justice to Epstein’s victims.

And if a friend and personal associate of the President is implicated in something as abhorrent as child rape and child sex trafficking that’s even more concerning. Congress can and should investigate, but they’re not going to unless We The People demand it. To quote Richard Nixon: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.”

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