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Iran unveils new long-range missile system in latest show of military force

Iran unveiled a new long-range surface-to-air missile system Thursday in its latest demonstration of military power, just two months after its forces shot a U.S. Navy drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz.

The Bavar-373, which Iran claims was built domestically, “can detect… targets or planes at more than 190 miles, lock in at about 155 miles, and destroy it at 124 miles,” Reuters quoted defense minister Amir Hatami as saying.

President Hassan Rouhani described the system as an improvement to the Russian S-300 system, which Moscow delivered to Iran in 2016.

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In this photo released by the office of the Iranian Presidency, tje Bavar-373 air-defense missile system is seen after being unveiled by President Hassan Rouhani in Iran on Thursday. (AP/Iranian Presidency Office)

“Now that our enemies do not accept logic, we cannot respond with logic,” Rouhani said in a televised speech Thursday.

VIDEO OF IRAN SHOOTING DOWN US DRONE RELEASED BY PENTAGON

“When the enemy launches a missile against us, we cannot give a speech and say: ‘Mr. Rocket, please do not hit our country and our innocent people,” he added. “Rocket-launching sir, if you can please hit a button and self-destroy the missile in the air.'”

On Wednesday, Iran’s state TV reported that the Bavar-373 is able to recognize up to 100 targets at the same time and confront them with six different weapons.

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Iran says the Bavar-373 is able to recognize up to 100 targets at a same time and confront them with six different weapons. (AP/Iranian Defense Ministry)

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The unveiling of the system comes two months after a U.S. Navy drone was shot out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz by Iran in what Pentagon officials described as an “unprovoked attack.”

Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown defense industry that has produced light and heavy weapons ranging from mortars and torpedoes to tanks and submarines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino’s wife posts sexy snap weeks ahead of husband’s prison release

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino still has a few weeks to serve on his tax evasion sentence, and it looks like his newlywed wife’s Instagram followers think she’s showing “The Situation” he has something to look forward to when he gets out of the big house.

Lauren Sorrentino posted a sexy snap on her Instagram page Wednesday wearing a tight white top and Daisy Dukes on a terrace at the Royalton Park Avenue in New York City.

“When you know you’re going for [pizza] after the [photo] shoot,” she captioned the pic.

Many of her more than 700,000 followers were quick to comment on the couple’s upcoming reconnection following their forced separation.

“Mike is going to have a Situation when he gets out. A really good one.”

“When is ur hubby coming home !! They need to make a honeymoon special for u guys !!”

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce tied the knot in November, 2018. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images for WE tv)

“Can not wait to see Mike home, he wants at least 9 kids. Are you ready ????????”

“Beauty!!! Only a few more weeks hang in girl.”

Mike and Lauren Sorrentino wed in November 2018, shortly before he reported to the Otisville Correctional Facility in New York in January to do his time.

He is due to be released September 12.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gave an update on the reality star in April, telling E! News that her co-star is “having the time of his life” in prison.

“It’s like he’s in a senior home, he’s playing bingo, he’s helping people recover in jail,” Polizzi told the entertainment site. “We all talk to him through an email, so I talk to him like once a week. He’s in the gym a lot, so he’s probably gonna come out ripped.”

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The cast of the “Jersey Shore” from left to right: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Deena Nicole Cortese, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Vinny Guadagnino. (Reuters)

“You know, he’s not gonna be BDS anymore — Big Daddy Sitch — he’s gonna have his, probably, six-pack again. But he’s doing … he’s doing good in there,” she added.

“I want to put this behind me and move forward,” Sorrentino said in an Instagram live before heading to prison. “The comeback is always greater than the setback.”

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Bethenny Frankel leaving ‘Real Housewives of New York,’ thanks fans

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Bethenny Frankel wrote her fans a personal note on Instagram following the news of her departure from the “Real Housewives of New York.”

“I am so grateful to you for sticking with me through everything,” she shared in a lengthy post on Wednesday night. “You started this journey with me in my tiny apartment in my late 30s, wondering what would happen to me. I was broke, single, had no family and no idea what the future held.”

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Fans have seen Frankel, 48, who started on the Bravo show when it premiered back in 2008, grow her Skinnygirl margarita business into an empire, endure ups and downs in her personal life, including welcoming her daughter, Brynn, and most recently losing her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields.

“I would read your letters and messages and grow from your struggles. You would give me your honest opinion about my products and projects and helpful advice about divorce, relationships, motherhood, miscarriages, health, and surviving the death of a loved one and almost my own,” she wrote. “You have shared your ideas with me and I have been inspired by and learned from you.”

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The reality star took a break from “RHONY” from 2010 to 2015 but has since used her platform to grow her brand, which has ventured into fashion and philanthropy as time has gone on.

“I am fortunate to have created a business and career that some people only dream of. I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 9 years old, and she has changed me as a human being,” she said. “I was able to give back and help people all over the world who have been hit with the worst of unforeseen circumstances, which we will all continue together.”

She concluded her post by encouraging her fans to pursue their dreams and “make the impossible happen, because it can happen and it WILL happen.”

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Frankel assured her fans that amazing things are still to come from her in her next chapter off camera and that New York City is still her playground, giving a cheeky nod to her original “Housewives” tagline.

“I love you all and am so lucky to have you in my life!” she said.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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French zoo visitors carve their names on rhino’s back

French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back.

Shocking photographs shared on social media showing the back of the 35-year-old female rhinoceros inscribed with the names “Camille” and “Julien” immediately sparked an uproar.

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La Palmyre zoo in Royan in southwestern France released a statement saying it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken, reported the Agence France-Presse, an international news agency.

The zoo typically allows the visitors to touch the animals over a fence of their enclosure, claiming this creates a “moving” experience that allows the animal lovers to see “the diversity and beauty of nature.”

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A French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back. (Royan News)

Zoo director Pierre Caille told the news outlet that the visitors used their nails to engrave their names into a layer of dust, sand and dead skin on the rhino’s back.

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“The animal may not even have realized,” he said. “We quickly brushed the writing away and there was no harm to the animal.”

While the zoo reiterated that most visitors are respectful when it comes to touching various animals, some wildlife groups criticized the zoo for allowing “this type of interaction.”

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The zoo director said some video surveillance might be installed as a result of the incident, but insisted that he doesn’t want cameras all over the zoo.

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French zoo visitors carve their names on rhino’s back

French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back.

Shocking photographs shared on social media showing the back of the 35-year-old female rhinoceros inscribed with the names “Camille” and “Julien” immediately sparked an uproar.

GAY PENGUINS ADOPT EGG AFTER ATTEMPTING TO HATCH STONES AT ZOO

La Palmyre zoo in Royan in southwestern France released a statement saying it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken, reported the Agence France-Presse, an international news agency.

The zoo typically allows the visitors to touch the animals over a fence of their enclosure, claiming this creates a “moving” experience that allows the animal lovers to see “the diversity and beauty of nature.”

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A French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back. (Royan News)

Zoo director Pierre Caille told the news outlet that the visitors used their nails to engrave their names into a layer of dust, sand and dead skin on the rhino’s back.

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“The animal may not even have realized,” he said. “We quickly brushed the writing away and there was no harm to the animal.”

While the zoo reiterated that most visitors are respectful when it comes to touching various animals, some wildlife groups criticized the zoo for allowing “this type of interaction.”

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The zoo director said some video surveillance might be installed as a result of the incident, but insisted that he doesn’t want cameras all over the zoo.

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North Carolina man accused of setting homeless man on fire is arrested

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A North Carolina man accused of setting a homeless man on fire over the weekend, critically injuring him, was arrested Wednesday, officials said.

Robert Charles Austin, 66, of Asheville, was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. He faces an attempted first-degree murder charge, the Asheville Police Department posted to Facebook.

Investigators said Austin set on fire the 58-year-old homeless man on Sunday near a business in a popular tourist area in Asheville.

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The man suffered severe burns and was hospitalized in critical condition.

It was not clear whether Austin and the man knew each other.

Investigators said it appeared he was doused with an accelerant and then set on fire.

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Police were asking for help finding two potential witnesses to the attack. They were driving a white GMC Sierra pickup truck and a silver Jeep Liberty SUV.

Neither was considered a suspect, police said.

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Miley Cyrus ‘disappointed’ Liam Hemsworth filed for divorce: report

Miley Cyrus was blindsided by estranged husband Liam Hemsworth’s decision to officially end their marriage, according to a new report.

The Australian actor filed to divorce Cyrus, 26, on Wednesday, and while the news didn’t come as a shock to many outside the relationship, People magazine reported Cyrus wasn’t expecting the split so soon.

“She didn’t expect it and is a bit disappointed, but she is still doing well and has obviously moved on as well,” a Cyrus insider told the outlet after the divorce filing.

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“What she and Liam had for a long time was very special,” the source added. “It’s just hard for her to think that she will never have this again with Liam. There are really so many things that she loves about him.”

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth arrive at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Part on March 04, 2018. (Reuters)

People reported that Hemsworth, 29, cited “irreconcilable differences” in the couple’s eight-month marriage, and a rep for Cyrus confirmed in a statement to People on Aug. 10 that the A-list couple had called it quits – while a source alleged to the magazine that the pair had split months prior to the separation.

“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” the statement read. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”

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Liam Hemsworth, pictured here with Miley Cyrus in March 2018, filed for divorce on Wednesday.  (Getty)

Hemsworth has spoken out publicly since Cyrus announced the split, writing on Instagram: “Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward.”

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In a report published Wednesday, a source told People that despite Cyrus’ over-the-top antics – including “basically having sex” in public with Kaitlynn Carter and releasing a song hinting that Hemsworth’s alleged penchant for “whiskey and pills” were to blame for their breakup – she “didn’t want to hurt” the “Hunger Games” star.

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Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter were spotted kissing in Italy in August 2019. Cyrus and Carter each announced their respective splits from Liam Hemsworth and Brody Jenner within a week. (Instagram)

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Cyrus and Hemsworth tied the knot in December 2018 after losing their Malibu home in a wildfire. Their marriage was the latest twist in more than a decade of on-again-off-again romance.

Sources told TMZ that Cyrus and Hemsworth had a prenuptial agreement, so the division of property is likely to move forward without a hitch.

Fox News’ Jessica Sager contributed to this report.

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MLB warns players about sex pills blamed for positive PED tests

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Major League Baseball has warned players of the “very real risk” of over-the-counter sexual enhancement pills which contain banned substances, according to media reports.

In a memo sent to major league and minor league players this week, MLB warned that “[s]exual or male enhancement products present a very real risk for drug-tested players and the high likelihood for contamination or unidentified ingredients in these products underscores the importance of consuming only those products that are NSF Certified for Sport.”

ESPN, which obtained the memo, reported that use of the pills, which are often sold at gas stations, is so prevalent among players that MLB felt compelled to issue the warning.

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The league reminded players that they are subject to discipline should they test positive for banned substances. At least two players have blamed the pills after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The names of the two players were not released.

“We know from experience that a number of these sexual or male enhancement products – which are sold online, at retail stores, and on the black market, both in the United States and internationally – contain anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances,” the memo said.

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“For this reason,” the memo continued, “we strongly urge players against taking any sexual or male enhancement product, from any source.”

The memo suggested that players who “suffer from erectile dysfunction or other legitimate issues related to sexual performance … speak to a licensed physician about the various prescription medications available to treat those conditions.”

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Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan: New immigration policies are key to addressing border crisis

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Newly introduced legal changes would be a significant step in addressing the “core aspect” of the immigration crisis at the southern border, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom,” McAleenan made the case that after implementing the policies and repatriating those without “meritorious” claims, “we’re going to see a reduction in that flow significantly at the border.”

“It’s a key aspect of our multilayered strategy,” he told anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott.

The new legislation was unveiled in a press release and news conference Wednesday morning. The administration is moving to end a federal agreement that limits how long migrant children can be held in detention. They would also establish family residential facilities that he described as “campus-like” with educational, medical, and dining centers. A court fight is expected to follow.

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On the release, President Trump is quoted as saying: “To protect these children from abuse, and stop this illegal flow, we must close these loopholes. This is an urgent humanitarian necessity.”

“Through July we saw 475,000 family units. That’s more than three times any previous full year arriving at our border in just ten months,” McAleenan said. “And, they’ve been coming to exploit a vulnerability in our immigration framework that says if you have a child with you, you cannot be held for more than 20 days.”

McAleenan argued that the current immigration system is incentivizing. He pointed to a recent conversation with a Guatemalan father who “basically said everybody knows that bringing a child is a passport for migration and release into the U.S. This helps us change that dynamic.”

He also cited the influx of migrants from 2014 to 2015 — 68,000 migrants according to McAleenan — in the “first family crisis” under the Obama administration: “When the initial decision was made to detain families through their proceedings by the Department of Homeland Security at that time…the message went out.”

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“Families knew that they couldn’t just cross the border and be released and the numbers dropped 90 percent overnight. We do expect a very similar deterrent effect when we can demonstrate that integrity in the system and actually get immigration results,” he stated.

McAleenan also pushed back on almost immediate negative criticism from 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who tweeted: “Separating migrant children from their parents is appalling—but indefinitely detaining families isn’t a better alternative.”

“He’s criticizing what the prior Democratic administration did to help establish the integrity of the administration system and address what was then an unchecked flow,” he told Smith and Scott.

The president told a gaggle of reporters at the White House on Wednesday afternoon: “President Obama had separation; I’m the one that brought [families] together.”

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“The incentives that our system has provided for families and criminal organizations to profit off of them is a much worse situation than completing an immigration proceeding in a fair and appropriate setting,” McAleenan said.

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Pedophiles in prison: The hell that would have awaited Epstein if he’d stayed behind bars

Whether Jeffrey Epstein had languished for years awaiting trial under charges of operating a child sex ring – or been convicted – life behind bars for the disgraced money man would have been a far cry from the private islands and majestic mansions to which he’d grown accustomed.

Rather, it would have been something akin to a living hell.

“Life behind bars for Epstein would not have been safe. Chomos are marked,” a white-collar convict who spent more than five years in the prison system at various levels and locations in the U.S. told Fox News. “The unspoken rule is that if you associate with a snitch or chomo, you are the same as them. Even snitches don’t want to associate with chomos, so they have to look out for each other and clique up.”

“Chomo” is prison slang for a child molester and, inmates and officers often claim, they are at the absolute bottom of the implied prison hierarchy.

“Chomos are definitely bottom, then snitches are targeted after them. Drug dealers, white-collar, common folk,” the former inmate said. “Bureau of Prisons (BOP) talks a good game, but you won’t ever provide a safe haven for a chomo in custody.”

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Woodrow Tripp, a polygraph expert and former criminal investigations specialist at the Georgia Department of Corrections, said Epstein hypothetically would have been given little freedom for two reasons–because he was accused of child sex crimes and because he would have been regarded as a “famous person.” He would have been kept under segregation.

And, in recent years, those found guilty of such crimes have been dealt the ultimate demise behind bars.

Late last month, convicted sex offender David Oseas Ramirez was beaten and drowned in his jail-cell toilet by his cellmate in Florida’s Duval County Jail. This past January, an inmate serving a 40-year sentence for running a global child-pornography ring was slain at a Michigan federal detention center.

Two months earlier, Clinton Don Simpson – who was accused a decade earlier of abusing more than a dozen children in his backyard – was killed at the age of 76 by a fellow prisoner in Texas. In May 2018, an inmate in California jail killed an accused pedophile – telling authorities that it was his “public service.”

In 2015, a former cop in Michigan – convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl – was strangled by his cellmate.

“He was trying to justify why he did it and I told him to keep quiet… but he continued to talk about it, try to justify it,” the cellmate testified. “So, I got down and I hit him in his face a few times. When he fell, I wrapped a cord around his neck and I took his life.”

Another high-profile prison homicide was that of former priest John Geoghan, who was strangled and stomped to death by another inmate in a Massachusetts facility in 2003.

That’s merely the tip of the iceberg.

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“Chomos,” or child molesters, are “marked,” a white-collar convict who spent more than five years in the U.S. prison system, told Fox News.

According to the Justice Department statistics, in 2014 – the most recent data available – a total of 3,483 inmates died in state prison, 444 in federal prisons and some 1,053 in local jails. Between 2001 and 2004, 88 percent of the deaths were attributed to natural causes – with suicides, homicides, and accidents making up the bulk of the rest.

However, government data did not distinguish deaths by “commitment offense.”

A 2016 Associated Press report, focused on the California state prison system, highlighted that not only were inmates dying at a rate double the national average, but convicted sex offenders were far more likely to be killed than those convicted of other offenses.

While male sex offenders have comprised roughly 15 percent of the state’s prison population, they accounted for almost 30 percent of homicide victims behind bars.

There has been no sweeping policy regarding whether a sex offender must be placed in protective custody – also referred to as protected segregation – but it’s depended on individual cases and determinations. Targeting is likely to remain an issue.

Tommy Kilbride, a law enforcement expert and a retiree of a U.S Marshals Service regional fugitive task force, concurred that federal lockup generally has been “a bit safer than most state prisons, but the rule is, pay or he will be a victim.”

“That is,” Kilbride said, “somebody’s sex slave.”

Justin Paperny, co-founder of Prison Professors – offering training and advice to those awaiting sentencing or headed into lockup – surmised that Epstein almost certainly would have gone to a high-security prison if found guilty.

“Sex offenders are vulnerable to attacks in any prison, but especially so in a high-security prison. Regardless of where he would have served his sentence, his notoriety would have resulted in his being targeted for abuse,” he explained. “The danger would have been commensurately greater if he went to a high-security prison. It is likely he would have served his sentence in protective custody.”

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Even so, Francey Hakes, a child protection and national security consultant and former federal prosecutor, pointed out that while Epstein most likely would have been kept with other rapists and sex offenders – if found guilty and not issued a controversial work-release as he got in his 2008 plea deal – he still may have faced the reality that sex offenders sometimes receive “contracts” by other inmates to kill fellow sex offenders.

“It is illegal for (officers) to turn a blind eye to prison violence, but I am sure it happens. The more despicable the violation committed by the prisoner, the easier it is for them to turn a blind eye,” Hakes continued. “General population prisoners see it as a badge of honor to beat, stab, rape or kill sex offenders, especially child sex offenders. They might befriend them and get their trust, then attack.”

However, Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, a New York-based criminal defense attorney specializing in sex crimes and civil rights violations, said most issues with prison officers have resulted from them being “underpaid, overworked and poorly trained.”

“The issue is more neglect than actual rules that are enforced. Prison is a violent, dangerous, unhealthy place for all inmates,” he asserted. “Epstein was in for a world of hurt in federal custody, most likely for the rest of his life. He would have been pressured to participate in a manipulative form of sex offender treatment, ostracized and villainized and at great risk due to his wealth.”

Another Georgia-based former corrections officer also said that while most sex offenders have arrived at prison with cover stories – often claiming other crimes such as firearms charges, theft or white-collar violations including fraud – an infamous person such as Epstein never would have been afforded such anonymity.

Lenny DePaul, a retired chief inspector/commander at the U.S. Marshals Service in New York and New Jersey, underscored that Epstein may have received somewhat better treatment had he entered a plea and cooperated with U.S. officials. Had he been convicted, “life in prison would have been very tough,” DePaul said.

“Over the years, federal state and local facilities have improved their awareness of these inmates and have taken the necessary precautions to accommodate sentenced child sex offender cases – and authorities do not want any issues. It is difficult to support someone 24/7,” he emphasized. “Things happen in the yard, workout facilities and even in the chow halls that are somewhat uncontrollable.”

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But, just as security, surveillance, and research may have improved in recent times, so too has prisoners’ adaptability.

“Inmates are now more sophisticated than before,” added Alex del Carmen, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Tarleton State University in Texas. “So, the advances we have made have been offset by the level of sophistication regarding technology.”

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