When it comes to sexual offense issues, there’s enough outrage to go around

By Sandy . . . North Port, Florida, must be having a really slow news week. In one day, no less than six media outlets printed and aired stories* about the outrage expressed by parents of school children upon discovering that a person on Florida’s sexual offense registry was living within viewing distance of a school bus pick-up location. After…

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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…

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Sexual offense residency restriction laws: cruel and ineffective

By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg . . . Since he was released from prison almost five years ago, John has never had a place he can call home. Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, he spends nights outside in remote areas of Miami-Dade County—sleeping outside on a mat or in the front seat of his son’s truck. John (not his real name) was convicted…

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What’s up with the Florida sex offender registry?

By Sandy . . . Florida has, according to research information just compiled, slightly over 73,000 individuals on its state sex offender registry. This makes it the state with the second highest number, coming in behind only California, which has well over 100,000 registered sexual offenders. But this isn’t what earns Florida its unique distinction. It earns that because, of…

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Voting restoration amendment in Florida excludes registered sex offenders

Amendment 4, which will be on Florida’s ballot in the upcoming November elections, is a voting rights restoration for felons initiative. A “yes” vote supports this amendment to automatically restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or — you guessed it — a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison,…

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Sex offender registries: A legacy of fear

By Steve Yoder . . . Quentin (not his real name) was convicted eight years ago of child pornography possession in Florida. He served his time and has since moved to another state. But his sentence required his photo and other personal details to appear on Florida’s sex offender registry, and there they will stay for the rest of his life,…

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Breaking: Florida judge rules homeless sex offenders can be arrested

Douglas Hanks . . . A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday cleared the way for the county to dismantle a tent village of homeless sex offenders outside Hialeah, and a lawyer for some of the residents said the ruling leaves them no choice but to live on a roadside or street somewhere else. “They’ll most likely be relocating to another street corner,”…

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Evil is alive and well in Florida

By Sandy . . . I have written previously, and copiously, about the plight of those on the registry who are homeless and the ineffective residency restriction laws that are largely responsible. I have written recently about this situation as it has been playing out in parts of Florida. Forced into homelessness by over-the-top residency restrictions, camps of people are…

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Come to Florida on vacation and leave a registered sex offender

By FAC . . . A registered individual goes to Florida on vacation and does the right thing by registering with the Sheriff’s office in the county where he is vacationing, presuming he’ll only be on the registry during the time he is in Florida. WRONG! Although he is only required to register in his home state for 10 years…

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Florida’s sex offender camps: “Animals live better than this”

By Steve Yoder . . . A few miles from Miami International Airport, outside of Hialeah, sits a tent camp of about 280 homeless people. There’s no electricity or running water and no bathrooms. News reports describe the stench of human waste and garbage, tents that flood when it rains, and flies, mosquitoes, and rats infesting the area. “Animals live better than this,” one…

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