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Jeffrey Epstein’s astronomical bail proposal could get 6,000 defendants out of jail

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier and philanthropist accused of sex trafficking underage girls, wants out of a Manhattan federal jail. He is proposing a $77-million bail package that would put him under house arrest at his Upper East Side mansion instead of remaining behind bars.

Southern District Judge Richard Berman is slated to rule Monday on Epstein’s bail proposal, and there’s no guarantee the judge will agree to the terms. The judge said he needed think about the request during a hearing, according to the Associated Press.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Meanwhile, thousands of other Americans accused of crimes are locked up with their case pending because they can’t afford to pay an average $10,000 bail, researchers say.

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