Get Informed: Subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates, analysis and context straight to your email. It was the kind of headline guaranteed to generate clicks even over the winter holidays and amid a federal government shutdown: But the report also contains this detail: The state then publishes those and keeps these new registrants on its public list for a minimum of 25 years.
Sexual Offender vs. Sexual Predator: What’s the difference?
Most Wanted Predators and Offenders
Most would agree that requiring those convicted of molesting and abusing young children to register with local authorities has resulted in safer communities. Likewise, laws dictating where convicted child molesters may live and work have likely prevented numerous crimes against children. That being the case, some would argue that tighter regulation and stricter laws would yield even better results. But the truth of the matter is that the sex offender laws in Florida and other states go much further than just punishing those who have been deemed the most dangerous offenders. These laws equally punish and stigmatize those who made a one-time mistake, as in the case of an year-old who had consensual sex with his underage girlfriend. Recently, there has been some backlash against the reach of these laws as more members of the public and government become aware of how overbroad sex offender registration regulations have become. For example, State Attorney General Bill McCollum has expressed his concerns that some of the county ordinances restricting where convicted sex offenders may live have gone too far.
The number of sex offenders living in Florida is on the rise, and most live in Orange County
Training on sexual predator and offenders laws and relevant Florida procedures and systems is provided. The department also will make available to all criminal justice agencies in the county where the sexual predator is going to reside a camera-ready copy of a flyer that may be used for community notification. The FDLE will coordinate with the Florida Department of Corrections to help ensure that DNA samples on all sexual predators are available to assist agencies in investigating and prosecuting cases. The department will actively participate in locating and arresting sexual predators and sex offenders who are not residing at the street address they have provided.
Sign Up for E-mail Alerts. When a sexual offender or sexual predator is released from incarceration, moves into Collier County or changes their address, either permanently or temporarily five days consecutively or five days aggregately in a year , there are several activities that take place. They are then required to re-register during the month of their birthday, and then again either in three or six months, depending upon their conviction. In addition, they must sign a document indicating that they understand their limitations as outlined in Florida statutes. These notifications may include the following: