Ghislaine Maxwell should be kept on suicide watch at her federal lockup in Brooklyn because her case is too explosive to risk her killing herself behind bars, a former warden of the jail told The Post Tuesday.
Cameron Lindsay, who served as the warden at the Metropolitan Detention Center for three years, said he wouldn’t risk the possibility of her suicide because it would be “unimaginable” for her to escape the justice system.
“She allegedly knows a great deal of information about a multitude of potential co-defendants in the actions against Jeffrey Epstein,” Lindsay said.
“This is just such a sensitive case, it’s absolutely imperative that the government get it right,” he added. “Why take any chances? Just put her on suicide watch and keep her there until she’s out the door. I would just not risk it.”
At the jail, an inmate is placed on suicide watch at the discretion of the warden and the chief psychologist at the facility.
Once on inmate is on suicide watch, a staff member or fellow inmate who has been trained by the psychologist, sits outside their cell and stares at them constantly to ensure they don’t attempt to kill themselves.
Lindsay added that Maxwell will likely be placed in a cell by herself because her high-profile case and wide publicity may make her a target for other inmates.
“To take someone out like that, that would be a badge of honor in the subculture of prisons,” he said.
“Anytime an inmate with wide publicity of a very sensitive nature like this, they become a target,” Lindsay said, adding that inmates typically use shanks, blunt objects or even boiling water to injure a target.
Maxwell, who arrived at the Sunset Park jail Monday, was likely transported to the facility in “full restraints,” which includes leg irons, a belly chain and handcuffs. After entering, she would’ve been stripped searched and cavity searched and given a medical examination.
She’ll likely ride out her time at the jail in “administrative lockdown status,” Lindsay added, which would keep her locked down in a cell 23 hours a day. She’d be given one hour of recreation time at a small outdoor area after being escorted from her cell in shackles under the lockdown status.
Maxwell, who is facing four counts of sex trafficking and two counts of perjury, was transferred to the facility on Monday after her arrest in New Hampshire, the Bureau of Prisons said. She’ll be held at the jail until at least her bail hearing, which will be held either later this week or early next week.
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