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Julie L. Jones, 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 2014-15, Circuit 9 (Orlando) sentenced the most sex offenders to community supervision, 274 or 11.0%, followed by Circuit 4 (Jacksonville) with 208 or 8.4% and Circuit 11 (Miami) with 188 or 7.6%.

Sex Offender Admissions (PSIA & Sexual Predators)
by Circuit of Conviction
Judicial Circuit Number Judicial Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola 126 2 128 5.2%
2 Tallahassee 94 1 95 3.8%
3 Lake City 42 0 42 1.7%
4 Jacksonville 206 2 208 8.4%
5 Tavares 175 4 179 7.2%
6 Clearwater 155 4 159 6.4%
7 Daytona Beach 115 2 117 4.7%
8 Gainesville 96 2 98 3.9%
9 Orlando 268 6 274 11.0%
10 Bartow 139 3 142 5.7%
11 Miami 187 1 188 7.6%
12 Sarasota 97 1 98 3.9%
13 Tampa 152 2 154 6.2%
14 Panama City 73 2 75 3.0%
15 West Palm Beach 67 0 67 2.7%
16 Key West 16 0 16 0.6%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 116 1 117 4.7%
18 Sanford 114 4 118 4.8%
19 Ft. Pierce 70 1 71 2.9%
20 Ft. Myers 134 2 136 5.5%
  TOTAL 2,442 40 2,482 100.0%


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