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Ghislaine Maxwell jailed at MDC Brooklnyn, faces rough conditions - Insider

Ghislaine Maxwell jailed at MDC Brooklnyn, faces rough conditions – Insider

  • Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is jailed in a notoriously tough Brooklyn detention facility while she awaits her July 14 court date.
  • Maxwell was transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center on Monday, following her arrest in New Hampshire last week.
  • Cameron Lindsay, a former warden there, told Reuters that other inmates may try to hurt Maxwell as it “would be a badge of honor.”
  • Lindsay added that conditions are tough inside, saying: “You’re being strip-searched and having people look into your body cavities. That is a crushing experience.”
  • It is a far cry from the life Maxwell, a British socialite, is used to. She was arrested last week in a $1 million New Hampshire mansion.
  • Maxwell is charged with procuring women for Epstein to have sex with. One of Epstein’s accusers has accused Maxwell of raping her.
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Ghislaine Maxwell is being kept in a notorious Brooklyn, New York facility where she will be cavity searched and could be attacked by inmates looking for a credibility boost, the former warden has told Reuters.
Maxwell, who has been charged with helping convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein find his victims, was arrested on Thursday. On Saturday, one of Epstein’s accusers said Maxwell raped her too. Maxwell denies the charges.
On Monday, the 58-year-old British socialite was transferred from New Hampshire to the Metropolitan Detention Centre (MDC) in Brooklyn to await a July 14 federal court date.
The facility is well known, for all the wrong reasons.
Conditions are woeful, inmates have died in mysterious circumstances, and in January 2019, the jail went without heating for a week. There are currently multiple confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the jail.

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Ghislaine Maxwell attends a gala at Three Sixty on June 11, 2014 in New York City.

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“You go from living a life like Maxwell to all of a sudden being in a situation where you’re being strip-searched and having people look into your body cavities,” Cameron Lindsay, a former warden at the MDC, told Reuters.
“That is a crushing experience.”
Maxwell was arrested last Thursday at a $1 million, luxury house in New Hampshire. She is accused of secretly buying the property in cash last year.
Lindsay said that Maxwell will either be kept in a three-meter-by-four-meter cell on her own, or put in a twin cell with a female inmate.
Lindsay said that having a cellmate minimizes the risk of a suicide, but also said that some inmates may go after Maxwell to score points.
Hurting her “would be a badge of honor,” Lindsay told Reuters.

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


A board seen at a news conference to announce charges against Maxwell on July 2, 2020, in New York.

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MDC is the twin institution to the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), where Epstein, who was also Maxwell’s one-time boyfriend, killed himself in 2019 as he awaited trial.
“Somebody made the conscious decision, ‘let’s not house her where Epstein was housed,'” Jack Donson, a former official at the Bureau of Prisons, told The Associated Press (AP).
The MDC is “one of the most troubled” facilities in the US, with a “unique history of staff misconduct,” Lindsay told the AP.

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Inmates of the Metropolitan Detention Center seen on February 3, 2019, in New York.

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However, Maxwell may not be in the facility for much longer.
“She’s got a 25% to 40% chance of getting out due to coronavirus,” David Weinstein, a former assistant US Attorney from Florida, told The New York Daily News.
“She’s got a much better chance than Epstein had of getting out.”
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