Sexual Predators

Roughly 260 sex offenders have registered as their residence the intersection of Northwest 36th Court and 71st Street, on the edge of Hialeah and Miami.  The closest house is four blocks away and the only buildings here are squat warehouses.

Women are frequently encouraged to learn self-defense techniques, evaluate dangerous situations, and to remain alert for potential predators. The emphasis is often on ways potential victims can avoid victimization, but one Southwest Florida forensic consultant argues the conversation should focus instead on predators, and giving the community options in identifying potential offenders.

Legislative Preview Series - Sexual Predator Law Revisions

Feb 24, 2014

Florida lawmakers want to toughen the state’s sexual predator laws and they’ve said the reforms will be the centerpiece of this year’s legislative session. A tragic case from last summer has lawmakers moving quickly to make changes.

A group of bills that would make Florida law as harsh as possible for sexually violent predators is ready for the Senate floor. The bills would track sex predators more closely, punish them more severely and close many loopholes that allow them to commit more crimes.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the measures unanimously on Thursday, their last committee stop in the senior chamber. Senate President Don Gaetz has vowed to quickly pass them when the legislative session starts in March.

House Speaker Will Weatherford says his chamber is a week or two behind the Senate, but the chambers are on parallel tracks.

Week in Tallahassee

Jan 6, 2014
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On Wednesday, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up a bill that would seek to increase flood-insurance competition by expanding the number of insurers in the Florida market. The bill by Senator Jeff Brandes of Saint Petersburg comes as thousands of state homeowners face huge premium spikes due to changes to the National Flood Insurance Program.

The House Healthy Families Subcommittee will hold a workshop on the state’s sexually violent predator program.

Lawmakers are looking at making major changes to the program after the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported in August that nearly 600  sexually violent predators had been released only to be convicted of new sex offenses.