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Sex Offender Registration and Monitoring: Statewide Requirements, Local Practices, and Monitoring Procedures, Report No. 15-16, December 2015
 
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  • Since OPPAGA’s first statutorily required review of sex offender registration in 2005, the number of registered sex offenders in Florida communities has grown by 44% to more than 26,000 offenders. Sheriffs’ offices monitor all registered sex offenders and are meeting their statutory requirements for offender registration, address verification, and public notification.
  • Additionally, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) supervises offenders sentenced to community supervision and those who have been conditionally released from prison. Sex offenders under FDC supervision are supervised at the highest risk level which entails frequent one-on-one contact between a probation officer and offender. Some supervised offenders are placed on electronic monitoring for enhanced monitoring and supervision.
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains Florida’s sex offender registry. In addition to other information, sex offenders are required to report if they are enrolled or employed at an institution of higher learning and this information is included on FDLE’s registry. Our review found this information to be out-of-date for some offenders. Offenders also must attempt to obtain valid state identification cards; however, some are unable to obtain the cards either because they lack the needed documentation or money to pay required fees. Sheriffs’ offices have implemented the 30-day transient reporting requirement and report that the more frequent reporting improves accountability. However, the reporting requirement is not tracked consistently throughout the state. Transient offenders continue to be difficult for law enforcement to monitor.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Law Enforcement
Sexual Offenders
Community Corrections
Driver License Field Operations

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 08-10 The Delays in Screening Sexually Violent Predators Increase Costs; Treatment Facility Security Enhanced,published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 06-03 Florida’s State, County, Local Authorities Are Implementing Jessica Lunsford Act,published in January 2006.

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).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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