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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 Sexual Predator Act  became law on October 1st, 1993. This first-in-the-nation registration law was followed by the Public Safety Information Act (PSIA), which became law on October 1, 1997, and broadened public access to the records of sexual predators and sex offenders.

What's the difference between a Sexual Predator and a Sex Offender?

An offender can be designated a sexual predator only by the court system. They are designated as such if the offender commits certain statutorily defined sex crimes that are first degree felonies or greater, or if he or she commits two or more 2nd degree or greater felony sex offenses as provided in section 775.21, Florida Statutes.

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 and was still serving any part of their sentence on or after October 1st, 1997.

Both sexual predators and sex offenders are subject to registration and community notification, but sexual predators usually have to register more frequently than sex offenders.

It should be noted that some of the sex offenders and predators on supervision previously served state prison time for their offenses.

How are they treated differently from other probationers?

Sex offenders and sexual predators are supervised by probation officers with specialized training. These offenders must comply with additional conditions of supervision provided in statute and are supervised at a higher level than regular probation offenders. Some examples of sex offender conditions imposed include sex offender treatment, curfew, and certain sex offenders (with minor victims) not being allowed to reside within 1,000 feet of a school, or child care facility.

The table below shows that on June 30, 2013 the population of sexual predators and offenders was overwhelmingly male (98.1%) and distributed fairly evenly 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)
on Supervision on June 30, 2013
Circuit Number Judicial Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola 345 7 352 4.6%
2 Tallahassee 250 4 254 3.3%
3 Lake City 174 5 179 2.3%
4 Jacksonville 474 7 481 6.2%
5 Tavares 458 18 476 6.2%
6 Clearwater 448 13 461 6.0%
7 Daytona Beach 352 10 362 4.7%
8 Gainesville 173 6 179 2.3%
9 Orlando 827 16 843 10.9%
10 Bartow 477 13 490 6.3%
11 Miami 749 3 752 9.7%
12 Sarasota 414 2 416 5.4%
13 Tampa 569 5 574 7.4%
14 Panama City 177 6 183 2.4%
15 West Palm Beach 230 5 235 3.0%
16 Key West 42 1 43 0.6%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 459 6 465 6.0%
18 Sanford 351 11 362 4.7%
19 Ft. Pierce 238 5 243 3.1%
20 Ft. Myers 374 6 380 4.9%
  Total 7,581 149 7,730 100.0%