Lawyers for Ms Maxwell, 58, wrote a motion to Judge Alison Nathan asking that their client be transferred to the general prison population at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Ms Maxwell’s legal team say she has been subjected to multiple searches per day and is under constant surveillance by guards – although she was recently removed from suicide watch.
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Lawyers say Ms Maxwell is “treated less favorably than a typical remand person” because of her status and the circumstances surrounding the death of her former partner, Jeffrey Epstein. Ms Maxwell is accused of caring for underage girls for Epstein.
A coroner has ruled that Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial for multiple sex crimes in 2019. But the inquest into the disgraced financier’s death has revealed a host of alleged backup failures by prison staff who was supposed to watch him.
Ms Maxwell is charged with six counts in total: conspiracy to incite minors and inducing a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts; conspiracy to transport minors, and transport of a minor, with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two of perjury.
She pleaded not guilty to all charges and was denied bail at a preliminary hearing in July.
In a letter submitted to Judge Nathan, Ms Maxwell’s attorneys say their client was subjected to “particularly onerous terms”.
She “was confined alone in an area outside the general population [of inmates] for the entire 36 day period… and there’s no indication that will change, ”the letter adds.
Ms Maxwell is continually watched on CCTV by “several prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular. [Metropolitan Detention Center] staff. These prison guards observe Ms. Maxwell and take notes on each of her activities ”.
Ms Maxwell had until recently been woken up every few hours in the middle of the night and “forced to wear special clothing” – a reference to clothing worn by inmates considered to be at risk of suicide.
After almost a year on the run, Ms Maxwell was arrested at a New Hampshire mansion on July 2.
She was then transferred to the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center on July 6 and has been held in solitary confinement since then.
Reports have claimed that an entire floor of the prison has been emptied to accommodate Ms Maxwell pending trial, which is scheduled for July 2021.