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U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday the Justice Department has already found "serious irregularities" at the Manhattan jail where Jeffrey Epstein was being held, adding that the facility "failed to adequately secure this prisoner".

Two prison guards have been suspended and a warden temporarily reassigned at the New York City jail where Jeffrey Epstein died of suspected suicide.

The Justice Department also said the warden of another facility in upstate NY has been named the acting warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Epstein was being held. Barr has ordered the Justice Department's inspector general to look into the matter.

Mr Barr, the top USA law enforcement official, vowed to carry on the case against anyone complicit with Mr Epstein.

"Any co-conspirators should not rest easy", Barr, the top USA law enforcement official, said at an event in New Orleans.

Epstein, who once counted Trump and Clinton as friends, was arrested on 6 July and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14.

Officials also tell ABC News that part of the investigation into his death centers around why Epstein was not assigned a new cellmate after his previous cellmate was transferred out in the hours before Epstein took his own life.

An exterior view of the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found unconscious with injuries in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, July 25, 2019.

The Justice Department said Tuesday that two guards who were assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein the night he apparently killed himself have been placed on administrative leave and the warden has been reassigned to an office post.

The Associated Press does not typically report on details of suicide, but has made an exception because Epstein's cause of death is pertinent to the ongoing investigations. Prosecutors say the investigation into the claims by the accusers against Epstein will continue against other alleged accomplices.

The Department of Justice is continuing to investigate potential Epstein accomplices. That's what our attorney general, our great attorney general, is doing.

Federal prosecutors in NY, in charging Epstein last month, argued that the non-prosecution agreement is binding only on their counterparts in Florida.

He was supposed to be housed with a cellmate and checked on every 30 minutes.

Guiffer, who said she was used as a "sex slave" for Epstein from 1999 to 2002, alleged that Maxwell was a "primary co-conspirator" in the scheme.

Despite Barr's assurances, the death of Epstein, who evaded severe punishment for more than a decade thanks to lenient treatment by law enforcement, could mean that molestation victims who had finally been promised their day in court by federal prosecutors won't get one after all. Barr cited "serious irregularities at this facility", but did not offer specifics. Epstein's personal assistant, Sarah Kellen, would call ahead to recruiters in Florida when Epstein was planning a trip to his Palm Beach mansion, the police reports say.

In a brief statement on the night of August 11, Barbara Sampson, the city's chief medical examiner, said that Dr. Michael Baden observed the autopsy examination, reported the New York Daily News.

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