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Jeffrey Epstein's special treatment in jail was far more lenient than anyone knew

• By Skyler Swisher and Marc Freeman

At one point in 2009, Epstein's already generous work-release agreement was modified to allow him to leave Palm Beach County Jail seven days a week, for up to 16 hours a day — including two hours per day at the Palm Beach mansion where he previously sexually abused dozens of minor girls, records from the Sheriff's Office reveal.

Epstein's suicide while facing sex trafficking charges in New York six days ago has not stopped scrutiny about Epstein's time in Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's custody after Epstein pleaded guilty to two state prostitution counts in 2008.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting a criminal investigation into how the Sheriff's Office and former state prosecutor handled Epstein back then. The Sheriff's Office released the expanded Epstein case file Friday in response to a public records request.

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