Lawmakers to revisit sex offender laws

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:37 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers say the law passed 15 years ago in an effort keep the most dangerous sex offenders from repeating their crimes isn't working the way it should and they plan to make changes.

Senate and House committees on Tuesday began discussing the state's sexual offender laws and what they can do to keep offenders either locked up or better supervised if they're released.

The Jimmy Ryce Act allows the state to civilly commit sexually violent predators once they complete a prison sentence if an evaluation finds they are likely to reoffend. But lawmakers say too many predators are being released and committing more sex crimes.

The June death of Cherish Perrywinkle was mentioned several times during the discussions. A registered sex offender is charged with murdering the 8-year-old girl.

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