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Jackson County’s sex offender notification changes

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has made changes to the way it will notify the public when a sex offender moves into the county or relocates within the county.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has made changes to the way it will notify the public when a sex offender moves into the county or relocates within the county.(JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 9:39 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - Effective immediately, all sex offenders moving into Jackson County will have their picture, address, offender status, and certain information regarding their crime(s) posted on the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Sexual predators moving into the area, as well as those relocating within the county, will also be posted.

This measure is not for punitive purposes, but to better insure the safety of our most vulnerable citizens.

Florida law requires the Sheriff’s Office in each county to make public notification when a sexual predator moves into or relocates within a county. The statute allows, but does not require notification of the public regarding sexual offenders.

Predators are classified as a sexual offender whose crime is of a particularly violent nature, their victim was below a certain age, or they re-offended within a certain time frame.

Offenders already residing within the county will not have their information posted.

Per an ordinance passed by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in 2019, an offender or predator moving into the county or relocating within the county must now reside 2500′ from a prohibited area, such as a school, daycare, playground, or anywhere that children regularly congregate.

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