JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office announced effective immediately, all sex offenders moving into Jackson County will have their picture, address, offender status, and certain information regarding their crime(s) posted on the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
JSCO says anyone found guilty of a sex crime moving into the area, as well as those relocating within the county, will also be posted on their social media account.
This measure is not for punitive purposes, but to better ensure the safety of our most vulnerable citizens. Florida law requires the Sheriff’s Office in each county to make a public notification when a sexual predator moves into or relocates within a county. The statute allows but does not require, notification of the public regarding sexual offenders. Predators are classified as a sexual offender whose crime is of a particularly violent nature, their victim was below a certain age, or they reoffended within a certain time frame. Offenders already residing within the county will not have their information posted.
Currently, information about sexual offenders/predators is public information and may be obtained by searching the offender database, available by clicking here.
Per an ordinance passed by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in 2019, an offender or predator moving into the county or relocating within the county must now reside 2500’ from a prohibited area such as a school, daycare, playground, or anywhere that children regularly congregate.