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Florida’s State, County, Local Authorities Are Implementing Jessica Lunsford Act, Report No. 06-03, January 2006
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  • Florida’s requirements for sex offender registration, community notification, and address verification have been implemented in different ways by the state and local law enforcement agencies.  The Jessica Lunsford Act, passed during the 2005 legislative session, will make significant changes in the registration process.  The act augmented registration requirements and strengthened penalties for failing to comply with address verification requirements. 
  • To assess the impact of the Jessica Lunsford Act, FDLE in conjunction with state attorneys, clerks of court and the Department of Corrections should track the number of sexual predators and sex offenders who are arrested, prosecuted and sentenced for violation of registration or other requirements related to their supervision.  FDLE also should develop a system to identify offenders that fail to register with the sheriff’s office or Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  Finally, to make information on sexual offenders and predators more understandable to the public, FDLE should revise its sex offender website by clarifying offense descriptions and providing more information on the nature and circumstances of these offenses.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Sexual Offenders

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 15-16 Sex Offender Registration and Monitoring: Statewide Requirements, Local Practices, and Monitoring Procedures,published in December 2015.
  • Report No. 12-12 Registered Sex Offenders in Florida Communities Increased to Over 23,000; Transient Offenders Present Challenges,published in December 2012.
  • Report No. 08-60 Sex Offender Registration and Public Notification Improved; Some Aspects of the Process Could Be Streamlined, published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 07-42  Electronic Monitoring Expanded to Target Communities’ More Dangerous Offenders, published in November 2007.
  • Report No. 07-17 Higher Priority Should Be Given to Transition Services to Reduce Inmate Recidivism, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 05-19 OPPAGA Report: Electronic Monitoring Should Be Better Targeted to the Most Dangerous Offenders, published in April 2005.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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