Florida Action Committee

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Florida Action Committee (FAC) is a non-profit advocacy and support organization for sex offenders and their families based in Florida. Florida Action Committee is state affiliate of National RSOL, and one of the more than 50 organizations movement to reform sex offender laws in the United States. FAC's aim is to educate the media, public, and legislators with facts about sex offenders and related laws.

Purpose

Florida Action Committee advocates for legislation that is based on scientific research instead of panic and misguided perceptions and would improve safety of communities, while respecting registrants' constitutional rights. FAC aims to educate law-makers and public that sex offenders are diverse group of individuals, and that contrary to popular belief, have a general recidivism rate of 5% over 5 years,[1]

is the second lowest of all offender groups.[2] For these reasons it views onerous restrictions and stigmatizing effect of public sex offender lists unfair and unfounded when applied to all offenders without considering underlying facts of individual cases and the risk posed by the offender. Organization is dedicated to address the problems of current legislation that it views ineffective, expensive, and causing unintended consequences and immoral burden to 60,000 Florida citizens convicted of sexual offenses, which extends to registrants families as well.[3]

Situation in Floridaa

A woman, , who was sexually abused as a child got elected to the Florida legislature, and is responsable for most of the Florida difficulties:

  • Florida is, and is proud of being, the worst state for sex offenders. The wish is publicly expressed that all sex offenders move to other states.
  • Registratoin in Florida is fir life. It doesn't matter if you have to register in your honr state for five years: come to Florida to go to Disneyworld, you have to register within 48 hours, and you stay on Florida's registry for life. Persons convicted (usually, pled guilty, to avoid the risk of a long sentence) of a registerable offense should not set foot in Florida unless it's to change planes in an airport. Breaking the law by not registering is a felony and in Florida you should be prepared for prison time if caught. It is less risky if you don't drive. If you drive, any law enforcement officer can ask for your license, radio it in and the national registry (based on statr registies) is checked to see if you are a sex offender anywhere, and if you are the system will look for Florida registration. If not present, and if you're unable to convince the officer you're leaving the state within 48 hours of your arival, out come the handcuffs.
  • Florida drivers' licences indicate through a code (a statute number) that you are a S.O. Police are taught to look at it. This code is meaningless to all but a very small number of the public.
  • In Florida, counties and municipalities can add on to the restrictions in state law.
  • At present (2017) you have to register your Internet service providers and your screen names. There is also a new requirement that you provide the passwords of the sites you visit, but this is on hold by legal action,
  • Miami-Dade County. Julia Tuttle
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Advocacy

FAC provides litigation support services to attorneys challenging sex offender laws by liaising with litigants, performing legal research, coordinating studies and soliciting experts.[4]

AFC has also testified in front of the Florida Senate.[5] FAC has criticized politicians for attempting to make Florida the "most unfriendly place for sex offenders", instead of attempting to make it "to be the safest place for children" for passing increasingly oppressive laws, regardless that such measures have no any scientifically demonstrated safety effect,[6] and urged legislators to focus on treatment instead of increasingly punitive measures.[7] In January 2014, Florida Action Committee criticized state legislators for not taking steps to re-integrate and monitor offenders released from Florida's Sexually Violent Predator Program.[8] FAC has also criticized current blanket policies applied to all offenders for not being able to differentiate between sexual predators and low-level non-dangerous offenders.[9]

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