The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Friday opened an internal affairs investigation into whether it properly handled the case of Jeffrey Epstein when he was sentenced to prison for 18 months in 2008 after pleading guilty to solicitation of a minor. The investigation will specifically look at the office's decision to allow Epstein be free 12 hours a day, 6 days a week on work release. While on work release Epstein was reportedly monitored by sheriff's deputies, whom he paid $128,136 to watch him, the entire time he was out. "All aspects of the matter will be fully investigated to ensure total transparency and accountability," Ric Bradshaw, the Palm Beach County sheriff, said on Friday. Bradshaw was the sheriff during Epstein's time in jail, as well.

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