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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 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 on June 30, 2008, the population of sexual predators and offenders was overwhelmingly male (98.0%) 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, 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)
Supervisied on June 30, 2008
Circuit Number Judicial Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola 330 7 337 4.1%
2 Tallahassee 238 6 244 2.9%
3 Lake City 202 7 209 2.5%
4 Jacksonville 512 9 521 6.3%
5 Tavares 507 19 526 6.4%
6 Clearwater 559 18 577 7.0%
7 Daytona Beach 310 8 318 3.8%
8 Gainesville 227 8 235 2.8%
9 Orlando 763 9 772 9.3%
10 Bartow 465 11 476 5.7%
11 Miami-Dade 858 9 867 10.5%
12 Sarasota 518 7 525 6.3%
13 Tampa 597 4 601 7.3%
14 Panama City 200 5 205 2.5%
15 West Palm Beach 238 7 245 3.0%
16 Key West 44 1 45 0.5%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 507 10 517 6.2%
18 Sanford 421 9 430 5.2%
19 Ft. Pierce 274 6 280 3.4%
20 Ft. Myers 349 7 356 4.3%
  TOTAL 8,119 167 8,286 100.0%