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PALM BEACH, FL – Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, announced today that he formally discontinued the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Work Release Program. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office, in order to ensure that the agency’s work release program was consistent with best practices, Sheriff Bradshaw, asked the Criminal Justice Commission to review PBSO’s existing policy on August 2, 2019. The final report released today, December 16, 2019, has been reviewed by Sheriff Bradshaw and he agrees with the commissions findings.
The review began when the sheriff’s office faced tough questions about the way it handled the incarceration of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who was said to have spent little time in his cell while he was incarcerated in Palm Beach County.
Moving forward, any inmate being placed on the In House Arrest Program will need a judge’s order. All parameters of the In House Arrest Program, including the ability of the inmate to go to work, during specific times, must be in the Judge’s Order, for the Sheriff’s Office to enforce. This decision not only saves money by placing inmates at their home on house arrest, but also places total control of the decision making process in the hands of the Court system, and the presiding Judge.