Jail guards assigned to watch Epstein were sleeping before his death

The two Manhattan jail guards tasked with monitoring Jeffrey Epstein before he died fell asleep on the job and fudged the log entries to show they checked on him and other inmates when they actually didn’t, according to reports.

Surveillance video reviewed after Epstein’s death showed the guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center never made some of the inspections noted in the log, sources told The Post late Tuesday.

A prison and law enforcement official told The New York Times late Tuesday that the guards were asleep when they failed to check on Epstein for about three hours before his death.

The convicted pedophile hadn’t been checked on for several hours before he apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet early Saturday in his cell at the Lower Manhattan jail, sources told The Post on Monday.

The guards were required to check on 66-year-old Epstein every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed, sources said. The falsifying of their logs could amount to a federal crime.

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One of the two Federal Bureau of Prisons workers assigned to guard the perv in the 9 South unit didn’t normally work as a correction officer, but was filling in on overtime. It’s unclear what the worker’s normal role was.

Earlier Tuesday, the Justice Department said the two MCC staffers assigned to watch Epstein were placed on administrative leave.

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