Florida has some of the harshest sex offender laws in the United States. In addition to being locked on Florida’s Sex Offenders Registry for life, a sex offender’s life after release is a minefield of heavy-handed punishment. For example, there are restrictions on where they can travel, how long they must wear a geo-tracking ”ankle bracelet,” and where they can work. They are the only offenders whose punishment does not end once they carry out their court-appointed punishment.
Despite serving their sentence, SO’s find Florida’s residency restrictions most onerous. By Florida law, they are prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of any park, playground, school, or daycare in Florida. There are also over 160 municipalities that set their own, more restrictive restrictions.
For over 33 years, Restoration Destination – formerly Matthew 25 Ministries – has served men and women coming out of prison having served a sentence for committing a sexual offense.
Florida’s recidivism rate for persons charged with a sexual offense is 26.2%
Restoration Destination’s recidivism rate is approximately 1%