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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

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, as provided in section 775.21, Florida Statutes. In either case, the offense had to have been committed on or after October 1, 1993. An offender is a sex offender if he or she has been convicted of certain sex crimes listed in section 943.0435(1)(a), Florida Statute, 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 2004-05, circuit 13 (Tampa) sentenced the most offenders to community supervision (8.2%) followed closely by circuits 11 (Miami) and 6 (Clearwater) with 7.4% each.

FY 2004-05 Sex Offenders
(PSIA & Sexual Predators)
Judicial
Circuit
Number
Judicial Circuit Female Male* Total Percent
1 Pensacola 6 153 159 6.2%
2 Tallahassee 2 89 91 3.6%
3 Lake City 3 61 64 2.5%
4 Jacksonville 4 159 163 6.4%
5 Tavares 3 133 136 5.3%
6 Clearwater 5 185 190 7.4%
7 Daytona Beach 1 131 132 5.2%
8 Gainesville 1 94 95 3.7%
9 Orlando 6 165 171 6.7%
10 Bartow 1 150 151 5.9%
11 Miami 0 190 190 7.4%
12 Sarasota 0 68 68 2.7%
13 Tampa 0 211 211 8.2%
14 Panama City 1 78 79 3.1%
15 West Palm Beach 0 84 84 3.3%
16 Key West 0 17 17 0.7%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 0 154 154 6.0%
18 Sanford 1 118 119 4.6%
19 Ft. Pierce 1 77 78 3.0%
20 Ft. Myers 1 121 122 4.8%
Admitted through Interstate Compact 1 87 88 3.4%
TOTAL 37 2,525 2,562 100.0%
*Unknown Circuit = 4

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