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The Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) The Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan, the site of the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, is in shambles. Forty years ago we tried to do something about the MCC’s deplorable conditions but failed when in Bell v. Wolfish, the United States Supreme Court threw out lower court opinions we had won that would have brought the protection of the United States Constitution to that dark place. Lost in all the attention that has been focused on the Jeffrey Epstein case and the MCC is the critical role the United States Supreme Court played in permitting the MCC to be a site where suicide and other mayhem is more likely to occur.

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