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Florida cracks down on sex predator registration


Florida lawmakers are moving quickly to close loopholes in the sex predator registration and civil commitment laws.

Under legislation approved by a state senate committee Tuesday Tallahassee sexual predators will face tougher registration and longer sentences. Lawmakers plan on a full senate vote on the first day of the legislative session making it likely that this package will be the first bills signed into law.

It was put on the fast track after last year's death of eight-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle. Some believe her accused killer slipped through the cracks and avoided screening that could have shown he was still dangerous.

"The bill fixes loopholes where inmates were inadvertently released from custody. And under this bill, these individuals will be detained and evaluated for civil commitment."

The legislation also requires at least two experts in sexual predators to agree that someone is not a danger to society before they can be released, even if their sentence has expired.