Campuses Included In Sex Offenders Search
For nearly twenty years, every state has been required to provide its residents with a database of registered sex offenders that is available for public access. Thanks to new legislation, a sex offender search in Florida will also include information on those registered offenders who in attendance at, or employed by, public and private universities and colleges.
While collecting information on sex offenders at colleges has always been a task performed by officials, that information has not always been provided for public access. Despite the opinion of some that such readily available information has little effect, the legislation has been received largely with approval. Both makers and enforcers of law are firm in the belief that it is important to know of the presence of offenders on campus. The fact of sex offenders in institutes of higher learning may be nothing new, but now students and parents can actively seek information about potential risks on campus with the sex offenders search.
Under Florida law, those who have been convicted of sex crimes are required to register. The classification can be either as an offender, if the conviction was on a lesser charge, or as a predator, if the conviction was for a life, capital, or first degree felony. The website then makes the charges, along with the offender’s name, present address, and photo, available for public knowledge. When an offender moves or decides to volunteer, enroll, or work at a university or college, the local sheriff is notified and passes the information to the state as well as the applicable college.
An old saying says that to be forewarned is to be forearmed, and this availability of knowledge can let students prepare themselves. With a sex offender search making this information obtainable by staff and students, campuses can be safer places.