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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 Statutes, 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 2006-07, Circuit 6 (Clearwater) sentenced the most sex offenders to community supervision, 8.7%, followed by Circuit 9 (Orlando) with 8.5% and Circuit 11 (Miami) with 8.3%.

FY 2006-07 Sex Offenders
(PSIA & Sexual Predators)
Judicial
Circuit
Number
Judicial Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola 145 3 148 5.5%
2 Tallahassee 92 2 94 3.5%
3 Lake City 64 1 65 2.4%
4 Jacksonville 208 7 215 8.0%
5 Tavares 167 6 173 6.4%
6 Clearwater 233 2 235 8.7%
7 Daytona Beach 116 2 118 4.4%
8 Gainesville 91 2 93 3.5%
9 Orlando 228 1 229 8.5%
10 Bartow 159 3 162 6.0%
11 Miami 217 7 224 8.3%
12 Sarasota 131 4 135 5.0%
13 Tampa 197 3 200 7.4%
14 Panama City 65 1 66 2.5%
15 West Palm Beach 59 3 62 2.3%
16 Key West 26 1 27 1.0%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 142 2 144 5.4%
18 Sanford 101 3 104 3.9%
19 Ft. Pierce 77 1 78 2.9%
20 Ft. Myers 112 2 114 4.2%
Admitted through Interstate Compact 5 0 5 0.2%
TOTAL 2,635 56 2,691 100.0%