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Warden out After New Allegations at Embattled Federal Jail That Held Epstein

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Warden out After New Allegations at Embattled Federal Jail That Held Epstein

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NEW YORK—The warden brought in to clean up the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself has abruptly stepped down after a yearlong tenure marred by the rampant spread of the coronavirus, inmates’ complaints about squalid conditions, a smuggled gun, and an inmate’s death. Marti Licon-Vitale, 54, quit the Metropolitan Correctional Center this week. Her abrupt departure came about a week after staff at the jail left an inmate—whose lawyer says he has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old child—in a holding cell for 24 hours while awaiting a competency evaluation, a violation of prison system regulations. The man who was left in the holding cell, Richard Quinn, 26, “made friends with mice” during the agonizing wait, his attorney Peter Brill said. He said the top officials at the jail had failed to report the violation to their superiors at the Bureau of Prisons. The Bureau of Prisons would not …

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