Florida’s artificially inflated sexual offense registry: More federal funds for the state?

By Steve Yoder . . . It was the kind of headline guaranteed to generate clicks even over the winter holidays and amid a federal government shutdown: “Number of Sex Offenders Living in Florida Is Growing,” warned the Associated Press. In December, the Florida legislative auditor’s office released a report noting that the number of people on the state’s sex offender registry had expanded 53 percent since 2005, to about 73,000.

But the report also contains this detail: 60 percent of those on the list live out of state, are in prison, or have been deported—up from the 43 percent in those categories in the auditors’ first report in 2006.

That’s because Florida’s registry increasingly scoops up anyone who has ever lived there or visited. Under state law, anyone with a sex crime in their past who comes to Florida for three days or more—say, a long weekend at Disney World or a business conference—has to visit a sheriff’s office to get fingerprinted and photographed and turn over myriad other details. The state then publishes those and keeps these new registrants on its public list for a minimum of 25 years.

Not only does that artificially inflate Florida’s list, critics say—it makes it impossible for those who have served a sentence and moved away to start over, even when their new home jurisdictions don’t require them to be publicly listed. . . .

The ostensible purpose of Florida’s registration law is to protect its residents, says Ann Fitz, a defense attorney who’s suing the state in federal court over the policy on behalf of a client who lives in North Carolina but is listed only in Florida. “How are you protecting people from a so-called danger that doesn’t even have any jurisdictional tie to the state?” she asked. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

A bigger registry may help the state pull in federal funds. In fiscal year 2018, Florida, like 20 other states, was awarded money through a U.S. Department of Justice grant program that helps pay for upgrades to registries under the 2006 Adam Walsh Act. Its grant for fiscal year 2018 was about $399,000, and altogether the state has received about $2.4 million since 2008 for registry improvements.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s application for that money, which The Appeal obtained through a public-records request, uses the size of the registry to sell the state as a leader in punitiveness. In one section, the agency touts the more than 700 percent growth in the number of people on its registry since its inception in 1997 and its continuing expansion. “Florida currently has one of the largest registries in the country and enjoys national recognition as a leader and model in the strength of sexual predator and offender laws,” the agency notes.

Read Steve’s full piece here at The Appeal.

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  • #52778 Reply
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    admin

    By Steve Yoder . . . It was the kind of headline guaranteed to generate clicks even over the winter holidays and amid a federal government shutdown: “
    [See the full post at: Florida’s artificially inflated sexual offense registry: More federal funds for the state?]

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    Kev

    Sounds like every RSO needs to visit Florida and “register”. Would be funny to overload the system and make Florida report a 10,000 % increase. Morons.

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      citizen

      That really is a good idea. We don’t all need to do it at once. just do it within a few years….

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        Mike

        DO NOT DO THAT!

        Florida is the most dangerous state for a Registered Citizen. Both the legislative and judicial branch have been corrupt for decades. The SORNA scheme is the most noticeable because humans are forced to physically live on the streets due to the residency laws in place.

        Florida must be investigated for “fraud”. The investigation must come from the Federal Government as Florida will not be honest or truthful in the oversight of itself, as corruption runs rampant in this southern state.

        Be very wise a stay away from Florida, but the citizens there could use your help by nudging the Feds to look at what is going on in that state i.e. –> inflating the numbers just to get more federal money.

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    Facts should matterl

    “How are you protecting people from a so-called danger that doesn’t even have any jurisdictional tie to the state?” she asked. “It doesn’t make any sense.”

    Her statement is immaterial because community notification “Megan’s Law, AWA, etc.,) doesn’t mitigate risk, much less minimize risk. Here I am made out to be the “bad guy” when I’m actually a phantom threat My behavior has been reverse engineered by the government NOT for “safety,” but for PROFIT and political furtherance.

    I actually feel sorry for anyone in law enforcement that uphold, promote and defend these laws because they’re operating under the false assumption that they’re making a difference. Clearly they are not.

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    Debra L Taylor

    My son diagnosed with high functioning autism at age 26 coinciding with his charge for viewing child porn who also has other severe mental health issues was convicted in Utah of a 3rd degree felony of attempt to exploit a minor. The Psych MD who diagnosed the autism attempted to explain to the court his lack of understanding of the offense because of the autism but he is on the registry for 10 years in Utah. I am appalled to learn of the practices in Florida and that a sex offender details from out of state is maintained on the registry. The documentary primarily focusing on Florida was just depressing but I watched it.

    I feel my son is a captive, as others know, it impacts every aspect of his life and now it only adds to my feeling that the government wants to imprison a sex offender for life even if there are no bars. I would need to tell him not to travel to Florida now. He has not traveled out of state since the conviction. Every day I live without hope and worry constantly about him when my husband and I are gone. My husband does not want to talk about it.

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    joseph

    Florida Action Committee has a trust set up to fight the Out of State Challenge, Please help by making a donation so they can fight the false numbers being inflated by the State of Fla. If they had funds they can fight these artificially numbers in Court. Your donation weather time and money is highly Appericated!!

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      Fred
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      For your information, Florida Action Committee is an affiliate of NARSOL.

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        joseph

        Thank you Fred! My burning questions are :Why Not hasn’t NARSOL made some type of donation to help get the Lawsuit going in Florida. This benefits everybody even those who live out of state, Because If we allowed one state to artically inflate their states Registry.Then others states will try to do the same.And My other Question What are NARSOL Plans to deal with this issue?

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        Mike

        In 1945, George W. Bush married Barbara Pierce. She was 16 years old and he was 21. That is considered a sex offender on today’s law so George W. Bush could and should have been put on Sex Offender Registry, if he was still alive he could and should have been made to register as Sex Offender and they have made everyone who committed a sex offence before megans law have been made to retroactively register

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          Sandy Rozek
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          First, it is a mistake to judge the past using the standards of the present. It just can’t be done with intellectual honesty.
          And secondly, in Texas, which is where the Bushes were, a person can get married at 14 with parental approval, and this is the law today, not only in Texas but in many states. One is not put on the registry for getting married according to the laws of the state one is in.

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    Dustin

    Isn’t there some federal agency (Attorney General, maybe?) where this practice could be complained of? Pretty sure states exaggerating one thing or another for the sole purpose of securing more federal funding is at least an ethical violation of some kind. I would argue it’s flat out fraud.

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      Mike

      That does not matter because they use everyone elses past to judge or determine if they will commit another crime, there are many people on the registry for doing what George Bush did, just because it’s the law like in Texas back then still does mean it’s right, so say in Texas it’s legal for what George Bush did and in California it’s illegal, so does that mean he is a just another married man but in California he is a sex offender? The only way this will change is to expose every judge, mayor, everyone in government, let them know how it feels, AND i can make a website and i can legally put everyone of them on it with the story word for word from the newspaper there picture, let the public know who we have running this country, plus i have more stories than that.

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        Sandy Rozek
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        Mike, no one is put on the registry for getting legally married. For having sex with a 14 y-o..yes. For marrying one with her parents’ permission, no.
        And the 19 y-o who is involved with a 17 y-o in Texas or any other state where the age of consent is 16 or 17 is breaking no laws and won’t be on the registry, but the same couple doing the same thing in California or any other state where the age of consent is 18 is committing a crime and, unless specific laws are in place prohibiting it, runs the risk of being registered.

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    Mike

    Hello i found some interesting information on the Doj they have a report stating recidivism rates are 3.5% and yet don’t say anything about but yet it is on there website for anyone to see & it’s on Smart.gov website almost identical report 3.5% I don’t understand why then is the registry is still up n running?

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    Mike

    Hi Sandy you act like because its legal in texas and illeagal in California then it’s ok in texas but not in California how the heck does that make sense, how bout this a divorced couple share custody of there children and one parent allows the child to something that the other parent is highly against that means its ok here but not there? How confusing is that! So age of concent in texas is say 16yrs but in California it’s 18yrs how does that make both states right just because it’s the law? Sounds like your against SO’s by the way your talking because morally you are wrong!

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      mr me

      It has always happened where sex before marriage or boyfriend girlfriend fooled around or fiancé or casual learning experiences……! But WATCH OUT TODAY ….HERE COMES THE BOOOTY PATROL !!!!!!! IF YOU EVEN ASK A GIRL OR BRUSH UP AGINST HER OR IMPLY SOMETHING….NOW IMAGINE IF YOU ARE ON A GOV. HIT LIST….HOW ANYTHING CAN AND WILL GET YOU IN BIG TROUBLE !!!!! AND HERES THE KICKER EVERYONE !!!!! SAYS YEP THE REGISTERED OR EX CRIMINALS HAVE A HIGHER TENDENCY TO DO WRONG…VIOLATE !!!!!!!!
      I TOLD A MAN THAT THERE IS NO SUPPORTING EVIDENCE THAT HIGHER EX CRIMINALS GO ON TO DO CRIMES AGAIN MORE THAN OTHER PEOPLE !!!!!!
      BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED !!!!!!!!!
      I AND OTHERS HAVE TO CARRY THIER PAST AND NOW THE PUBLICS INVISIONED/CONJURED FUTURE CRIMES TO BOOT !!!!

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    Mike

    Hello Sandy when i mentioned about George W Bush when he 21yrs and then girlfriend 16yrs n they got married and you brought up that was the law in Texas plus her parents signed paper stating that they gave permission but what i want answered is what heck was he doing going after and date a 16yr old that is perversed thinking and had no need to go after an under age child I’m positive that there were females over 18yrs but he went after underage girls and you try and state the law & parents ok but the point is what was his interest in 16 yr old girls according to judges and legislators that is perverse and is considered a Sex Offender, how can you defend him plus a gentleman posted on here that nothing will change until there dirty laundry is aired.

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    Trent

    Speak a little truth to the people and they will lose their minds.

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    Will

    If that floridia request for Money actually said in the legal request” punitiveness” as reason for collectionn, then law enforcement has legally stated officialy that the registery is a punitive action. further more all the quotes from politians, that word, that say things like we will make it so hard for sexoffenders to live in our state they will leave, reveal legally that the registery is really meant to harm offenders and not protect the public. this is sick and illegal to inflate the registery for cash and profit, proving again that confusing the public and getting tax payer money, creating life time slaves is whats really important to government.

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    Svejk

    Yeah, I know I’m a little late to the party… I’ve just been removed from PA’s registry (where I live) after a year battling with the goofballs in Harrisburg who were skillfully ignoring me. Federal conviction here before the feds even had a registry, but sentenced in 1997 when there was a strict 10-year limit. I am STILL referenced on the Flori-duh and NV registries, but there is no longer a current location for me. I haven’t live in either of those states in 15 years!!
    tl;dr What if we hit them full on with a class action lawsuit. I’m still doing my research to see if the jibronis in either of these shitholes have agents in PA who I can serve with legal process. If anyone has the answer I’d appreciate a tipoff. I’m pissed and I’m coming after them!
    Svejk

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      Sex Offender Truth

      Svejk,

      Florida is abusing this corrupt system by listing those such as you (and myself) who are listed but not living the state. This MUST END.

      Those who have the ability to get out of that sh*thole should not be held captive for life for no reason other than corrupt political gain (such as “professional victim” Florida Senator Lauren Book) and federal money. Not to mention that the “good” people of the state deserve to NOT be lied to about the effectiveness or even the TRUE use of the registry in that state.

      It most certainly has nothing to do with the monitoring of dangerous people in the state since 60% of those listed do not live in the state!

      I would be more than thrilled to join a class action suit so most certainly contact me about such an action to be included! I would also love to spread the word on my website SexOffenderTruth.com so please feel free to contact me there.

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