Judith Miller: Jeffrey Epstein case — It's almost impossible to kill yourself in jail. Here's how I know

Editor’s note: This essay originally appeared in City Journal, a quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute.

Here are a few things I know firsthand about being in jail. First and foremost, you have virtually no control over your life and surroundings. You can’t get so much as an aspirin without authorization. In most jails, you can’t wear a belt, or shoelaces, or keep a razor in your cell. You have no privacy, no sense of dignity, and no rights. And in a well-run jail, high-profile prisoners have virtually no chance of killing themselves.

So the alleged suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the 66-year-old financier with powerful American and foreign friends who was about to stand trial for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of girls, many of them underage, is particularly unfathomable—and outrageous.

In a letter to the Justice Department, Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska called it inexcusable that Epstein did not live to face his accusers. “Obviously, heads must roll,” he wrote.

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Attorney General William Barr clearly agrees. Saying that he was “appalled” to have learned that Epstein was found

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