After being nabbed at Teterboro airport last Saturday and charged with sex trafficking underage girls, the wealthy financier has gone from bouncing between his six homes around the world on his private Boeing 767, to a comparatively tiny jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan, according to Reuters.
"When you have someone that's allegedly a sexual predator like Jeffrey Epstein, he'll need to be in protective custody," said lawyer Andrew Laufer, who has represented MCC inmates. And because of Epstein's high profile, he's likely in solitary confinement.
"This unit is completely isolating," said Jeffrey Lichtman - an attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who has been at the jail's "harshest" 10 South wing for over two years, according to Bloomberg. There are approximately 800 inmates at MCC, most of whom are awaiting trial and have not been convicted. In addition to El Chapo, other prominent inmates have included New York Mafia bosses and Bernie Madoff.