Without addressing those specific concerns, the government alleges in a letter to a judge that the defendant “continues to receive more time to review discovery than any other inmate at the MDC” and that she “as much, if not more, time as any other” inmate to communicate with her attorneys.
Prosecutors admit she is “strip searched” after each in-person visit she receives, but say that is no different from the treatment of other jail residents. They say the “non-invasive” machine body scan of the defendant serves to check for any secreted contraband. Despite no mention of possibly having found any other strange elements, the government refers that her cell is also searched daily for contraband.
At night, the guards continue to check on Maxwell every 15 minutes “to confirm that the defendant is breathing.” Maxwell was an alleged madam for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein who died by suicide at another federal lockup in New York two years ago.
Maxwell, 59, has been behind bars awaiting trial since her arrest last summer. She has protested her imprisonment conditions innumerous times, but the government has always maintained her conditions are what’s expected at a jail facility and that the defendant needs to get extra vigilance at night following Epstein’s incident under the watch of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
The former British socialite is charged with recruiting, grooming and trafficking girls to be sexually abused by Epstein in the 1990s through 2004 and for lying under oath. Her trial is currently scheduled for Nov. 29.