Reply To: The sex offender registry: a non-punitive civil regulatory scheme


New non-PUNITIVE measures take effect in Floriduh on July 1, 2018:

“A sexual offender who does not comply with the requirements of
this section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(b) For a felony violation of this section, excluding subsection (13),
committed on or after July 1, 2018, if the court does not impose a prison
sentence, the court shall impose a mandatory minimum term of community
control, as defined in s. 948.001, as follows:
1. For a first offense, a mandatory minimum term of 6 months with
electronic monitoring.
2. For a second offense, a mandatory minimum term of 1 year with
electronic monitoring.
3. For a third or subsequent offense, a mandatory minimum term of 2
years with electronic monitoring.”

So, failing to re-register or not providing information at re-registration is a 3rd degree felony that either gets you a fresh 5 years in prison or puts you back on probation (community control) with electronic monitoring (more chances to violate you and get you back into a GEO prison to fill the books pockets). That’s the end game. How is this not punitive?