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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim 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, 2009, 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)
Supervised on June 30, 2009
Circuit Number Judicial Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola 334 6 340 4.2%
2 Tallahassee 267 9 276 3.4%
3 Lake City 210 7 217 2.7%
4 Jacksonville 476 6 482 6.0%
5 Tavares 462 16 478 6.0%
6 Clearwater 531 17 548 6.8%
7 Daytona Beach 300 7 307 3.8%
8 Gainesville 222 9 231 2.9%
9 Orlando 746 8 754 9.4%
10 Bartow 460 10 470 5.9%
11 Miami 787 9 796 9.9%
12 Sarasota 481 5 486 6.1%
13 Tampa 608 6 614 7.7%
14 Panama City 189 6 195 2.4%
15 West Palm Beach 245 10 255 3.2%
16 Key West 42 1 43 0.5%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 505 8 513 6.4%
18 Sanford 385 8 393 4.9%
19 Ft. Pierce 263 6 269 3.4%
20 Ft. Myers 339 8 347 4.3%
  Total 7,852 162 8,014 100.0%