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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 2015-16, Circuit 9 (Orlando) sentenced the most sex offenders to community supervision, 247 or 10.3%, followed by Circuit 4 (Jacksonville) with 184 or 7.7% and Circuit 5 (Tavares) with 161 or 6.7%.

Sex Offender Admissions (PSIA & Sexual Predators)
by Circuit of Conviction
Judicial Circuit Number Judicial Circuit Male Female Total Percent
1 Pensacola 148 5 153 6.4%
2 Tallahassee 110 5 115 4.8%
3 Lake City 30 1 31 1.3%
4 Jacksonville 183 1 184 7.7%
5 Tavares 156 5 161 6.7%
6 Clearwater 151 5 156 6.5%
7 Daytona Beach 147 3 150 6.3%
8 Gainesville 83 2 85 3.5%
9 Orlando 241 6 247 10.3%
10 Bartow 137 2 139 5.8%
11 Miami 157 . 157 6.6%
12 Sarasota 96 6 102 4.3%
13 Tampa 152 . 152 6.3%
14 Panama City 90 . 90 3.8%
15 West Palm Beach 71 1 72 3.0%
16 Key West 6 . 6 0.3%
17 Ft. Lauderdale 101 . 101 4.2%
18 Sanford 101 . 101 4.2%
19 Ft. Pierce 67 . 67 2.8%
20 Ft. Myers 125 2 127 5.3%
  TOTAL 2,352 44 2,396 100.0%


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