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Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Community Supervision/Population

Four in Ten Sexual Offenders/Predators
from Five Judicial Circuits

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 on June 30, 2001, four of every 10 (41.9%) sexual predators and offenders on community supervision were sentenced from five judicial circuits: Circuit 11 - Miami (12.3%), Circuit 4 - Jacksonville (8.4%), Circuit 6 - Clearwater (7.4%), Circuit 13 - Tampa (7.0%) and Circuit 9 - Orlando (6.8%). Far more sexual predators and offenders are male (97.7%) than female.

Sex Offenders (PSIA & Sexual Predators)
Supervised on June 30, 2001
Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola 444 16 460 4.7%
2 Tallahassee 272 5 277 2.8%
3 Lake City 253 8 261 2.7%
4 Jacksonville 812 13 825 8.4%
5 Tavares 465 12 477 4.9%
6 Clearwater 702 20 722 7.4%
7 Daytona Beach 434 7 441 4.5%
8 Gainesville 258 7 265 2.7%
9 Orlando 650 19 669 6.8%
10 Bartow 468 18 486 5.0%
11 Miami 1,176 25 1,201 12.3%
12 Sarasota 417 10 427 4.4%
13 Tampa 678 13 691 7.0%
14 Panama City 271 7 278 2.8%
15 West Palm Beach 430 8 438 4.5%
16 Key West 38 1 39 0.4%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 585 4 589 6.0%
18 Sanford 529 18 547 5.6%
19 Ft. Pierce 308 8 316 3.2%
20 Ft. Myers 374 6 380 3.9%
Sup. Interstate Compact 17 0 17  
Total 9,581 225 9,806 100.0%

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