We affirm the findings of the OPPAGA that “many studies have established that sex offenders who maintain stable employment, housing and family relationships have significantly lower recidivism rates” as well as the numerous studies which conclude that SORRs undermine successful reentry of returning citizens, while doing nothing to promote public safety.
For that reason, we make the following recommendations:
1) Legislation should be enacted that would pre-empt the patchwork of county and city SORR ordinances in favor of the State’s SORR Statute (F.S. §775.215).
2) Counties should be required to designate a homeless shelter/reentry program that is able to service the transient registrant population and focus on helping these individuals secure stable and meaningful employment, stable and affordable housing (including arrangements with family members or others when appropriate), and pro-social support systems that help them maintain a law-abiding lifestyle.
3) Legislation should be enacted to incorporate an evidence-based procedure by which registrants who have demonstrated an extended period living offense-free in the community, have successfully completed a sex-offending treatment & rehabilitation program, and have successfully completed probation, can
petition for relief and removal from registration requirements in the time periods prescribed by the federal SORNA tiers.