DCF to review Sexually Violent Predator program
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville resident James Debernardo keeps a close eye on his kids, even in his own neighborhood.
"I don't let them go outside by themselves," Debernardo said.
He has lived in his home on the Southside for more than a decade and knows the sexual predator population has grown significantly.
"I tell (my kids) don't talk to strangers but some people are manipulative," Debernardo said.
But he tells Action News he is happy to know the Department of Children & Families is doing a review of their Sexually Violent Predator program.
This program examines those predators *before* they are released from prison.
A team of mental health experts will review ideas to see if any changes need to be made to this program since there are so many advancements in psychology.
Babysitter Lena Aiken says this review is a relief.
"I think they should find someplace where they can put them all in one section and keep them away from children," Aiken said.
She knows that's probably a stretch.
She says anything done to make sure sexual offenders get the right counseling is important so they don't hurt other children once they are released from jail.
That team will deliver its review of the assessment on Sept. 23.
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