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Community Supervision/Admissions

Probation Officers Who Supervise Sex Offenders and Predators Have Specialized Training

The Public Safety Information Act (PSIA), which became law on October 1, 1997, broadened public access to the records of sexual predators and sex offenders. An offender can be designated a sexual predator if he or she commits certain statutorily defined sex crimes that are first degree felonies or greater, or if he or she commits two or more second-degree or greater felony sex offenses within 10 years. In either case, the offense had to have been committed on or after October 1, 1993. An offender can be designated a sex offender if he or she has been convicted of certain sex crimes listed in Florida Statute 794, regardless of the date of offense. Both sexual predators and sex offenders are subject to registration and community notification. It should be noted that some of the sex offenders on supervision previously served state prison time for their offenses.

Sex offenders and sexual predators are supervised by probation officers with specialized training. Most of these offenders are subject to special conditions of supervision and they are supervised at a higher level than regular probation offenders. Some of these offenders are also subject to statutorily defined specific conditions of sex offender probation or sex offender community control. Some examples of special conditions may include offenders not being allowed to reside within 1,000 feet of a school, playground or daycare center, or offenders being required to submit to DNA testing, sex offender treatment, or counseling.

The table below shows that in FY 2000-01, more than one-fifth (22.0%) of all sexual predators and offenders admitted to community supervision were sentenced from judicial circuits 11 (Miami – 12.0%) or 4 (Jacksonville –10.0%).



FY 2000-01 Sex Offenders
(PSIA & Sexual Predators)
Admitted to Community Supervision
Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola
152
3
155
5.4%
2 Tallahassee
82
1
83
2.9%
3 Lake City
48
3
51
1.8%
4 Jacksonville
279
7
286
10.0%
5 Tavares
125
6
131
4.6%
6 Clearwater
211
7
218
7.6%
7 Daytona Beach
124
2
126
4.4%
8 Gainesville
87
2
89
3.1%
9 Orlando
211
6
217
7.6%
10 Bartow
138
6
144
5.0%
11 Miami
335
9
344
12.0%
12 Sarasota
96
4
100
3.5%
13 Tampa
207
5
212
7.4%
14 Panama City
85
2
87
3.1%
15 West Palm Beach
75
1
76
2.7%
16 Key West
14
0
14
0.5%
17 Ft. Lauderdale
162
4
166
5.8%
18 Sanford
128
6
134
4.7%
19 Ft. Pierce
112
1
113
4.0%
20 Ft. Myers
108
0
108
3.8%
Data Unavailable
4
0
4
 
Total
2,783
75
2,858
100.0%


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