Most would agree that requiring those convicted of molesting and abusing young children to register with local authorities has resulted in safer communities. Likewise, laws dictating where convicted child molesters may live and work have likely prevented numerous crimes against children. That being the case, some would argue that tighter regulation and stricter laws would yield even better results. But the truth of the matter is that the sex offender laws in Florida and other states go much further than just punishing those who have been deemed the most dangerous offenders. These laws equally punish and stigmatize those who made a one-time mistake, as in the case of an year-old who had consensual sex with his underage girlfriend. Recently, there has been some backlash against the reach of these laws as more members of the public and government become aware of how overbroad sex offender registration regulations have become.
Helping Florida’s sex offenders: “Somebody has to do it.” – NARSOL
May 2, Fresh Take Florida. At that stage of dementia, many families would consider admitting him to a nursing home, but Devita said she has a list of assisted living homes that have rejected Bailey. The problem is sparking a national crisis of social and justice policy: How and where do we allow the most-reviled class of citizens to survive their silver years — especially those with serious age-related medical problems — after they have served their prison terms, while striving to protect children who may be living nearby? The state policy for long-term care homes is this: Management can choose to accept or reject applicants. Some other states, and Hillsborough County, have residency restrictions within 1, feet of places where seniors live, including nursing homes. States, counties and cities have different rules limiting where offenders can live.
Florida’s Sex Offender Registry Proves Inescapable
By Steve Yoder. Burns leads a Christian social services ministry in northern Florida called the Good Samaritan Network. Until last April, the nonprofit was headquartered in the town of Woodville, just outside Tallahassee.
Get Informed : Subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates, analysis and context straight to your email. The state then publishes those and keeps these new registrants on its public list for a minimum of 25 years. Twenty years ago he was convicted of engaging in a sexual chat with an underage girl online. But under Florida law , a withheld adjudication is considered a conviction for purposes of the registry.