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After Jeffrey Epstein Scandal, Palm Beach County Sheriff Drops Work-Release Program

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TAYLOR JONES
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Palm Beach Post
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has tried to quell criticism of his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein matter by ordering an internal investigation of his subordinates.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said it has decided to no longer oversee a program that puts inmates on work release — a move that comes months after accusations surfaced that sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had years ago exploited the program.

The program came under fire in August amid allegations that Epstein routinely had “improper sexual contact” with women while he was on work release from the county stockade about a decade ago.

Work-release programs allow incarcerated people to leave confinement — whether in jail, on house arrest or in a facility designed to house people in the program — to keep working at their current job. After work, they go back to jail, house arrest or the work-release facility. Palm Beach County’s work-release program was created in 1977.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.