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State lawmakers file aggressive legislative package to protect children from violent sex predators

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State Senators Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Civil and Criminal Justice Appropriations; Greg Evers (R-Baker), Chair of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice; Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations; and Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood), Chair of the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, today filed legislation to substantially strengthen Florida's protections against sexually violent predators.

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viejo - 1/11/2014 5:31 PM
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Ever wonder why there are so many sex offenders in jail in Florida? Does it have anything to do with stripping accused of their rights BEFORE trial? Yup, sure does. Easy to get a conviction when you don't have to prove squat. So, now we get another round of implications, carrying that circle wider. State Attorney's office, stay the hell away from me and minee.

Badwolf - 1/10/2014 10:52 AM
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So... if you live with a registrant, and not all registrant are child molesters btw, you now get have YOUR vehicle info posted as well as your home address? Yes, let's take more rights away from the innocent...good job

ShellyStow - 1/10/2014 9:54 AM
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The lines are already blurring between whom this legislation might just possibly correctly affect and those whom it will actually affect. The largest percentage of those who come up to the standard of danger warranted in this legislation will not get out of prison. Those who do are so few in number that they can be easily, and appropriately, monitored with individualized plans tailored for them. These sweeping proposals will affect thousands of registrants, their families, and their children. These registrants are former offenders whose standards of behavior came no where near the violence, let alone the murder, of a child. This legislation is based on the behaviors of one man..Donald Smith. The rhetoric justifying it will include references to Jarred Harrell, but that is disingenuous. Mr Harrell was not in the system; he was not a repeat offender and would not have been targeted by this legislation. By all means increase stringency against those who have brutally raped and/or murdered a young child, but do not require the same stringency against the other 99-plus percent.
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