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Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Community Supervision Population

Distribution of Sexual Offenders/Predators
Fairly Equal Throughout State

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, 2004, the population of sexual predators and offenders was overwhelmingly male (97.8%) and distributed across all twenty of Florida's judicial circuits. While the percentages suggest that these offenders are more prevalent in large, urban circuits (Miami, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Tampa, and Orlando), the percentage of the circuit's caseload (total number of offenders under community supervision) that is made up of sexual predators and offenders is distributed equally.

Sex Offenders (PSIA & Sexual Predators)
(Supervision Population on June 30, 2004)
Judicial Circuit Male Female Total Percent
Pensacola 406 11 417 4.6%
Tallahassee 239 8 247 2.7%
Lake City 271 5 276 3.0%
Jacksonville 668 17 685 7.5%
Tavares 510 20 530 5.8%
Clearwater 619 16 635 7.0%
Daytona Beach 388 6 394 4.3%
Gainesville 262 4 266 2.9%
Orlando 673 17 690 7.6%
Bartow 490 13 503 5.5%
Miami 1,056 18 1,074 11.8%
Sarasota 454 8 462 5.1%
Tampa 574 8 582 6.4%
Panama City 221 7 228 2.5%
West Palm Beach 346 8 354 3.9%
Key West 33 0 33 0.4%
Ft. Lauderdale 581 7 588 6.5%
Sanford 480 13 493 5.4%
Ft. Pierce 250 6 256 2.8%
Ft. Myers 365 12 377 4.1%
TOTAL 8,886 204 9,090 100.0%


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