Magazine article Corrections Forum

Local Law Enforcement Steps Up Efforts to Track Sexual Predators

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Local Law Enforcement Steps Up Efforts to Track Sexual Predators

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Lake City Reporter (FIa.)

One of the responsibilities of Columbia County Sheriff's Office Detective Ed Seifert is to keep track of the 199 sexual offenders currently living in Columbia County. Most of them are out of jail living and working among the public, either under regular parole supervision, on probation, or under community control. Some are fully "released," meaning they report to no case worker or probation officer, but are still required to register as a sex offender or predator and notify law enforcement when they move to a new home. The sheriff's office is implementing a new system for tracking each of the county's offenders, 26 of whom are considered sexual predators by the Florida Department of Corrections. On Seifert's laptop computer is a mapping program that features a detailed street map of the county with small dots representing where a sex offender is living. The dots are red for predator or yellow for offender. …

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