Florida is the Wrong State to Be a Sexual Predator In

Convicted sexual predators in Florida have been waking up to find large red signs posted in their front yards announcing to the world they are convicted sexual predators. The signs read as follows:

"PUBLIC NOTICE

Pursuant to F.S. 775.21

[PREDATOR'S NAME]

is a convicted

Sexual Predator

and lives at this location."

Florida law states the Police Department must notify the public of sexual predators living within their jurisdiction. This is done via Facebook and door-to-door notification of people living in the neighborhood. The new signs are Bradford county's way of making sure everyone in the neighborhood knows.

The signs, which are bright red and almost impossible to miss, are being placed in predator's front yards. Florida defines anyone who's been convicted of a first-degree sexual felony or multiple sexual second-degree felonies as a sexual predator.

When asked about the new signs in an interview, Bradford County Sheriff's Department Chief of Operations Brad Smith had this to say:

"We're being directed by a Florida statute, and the statute specifically says, 'the sheriff of the county of the police chief of the municipality where the sexual predator resides shall notify the community and the public of the presence of the sexual predator in a manner that is deemed appropriate by the sheriff or the chief of police."

Those who have been getting the signs put up in front of their homes have been less than enthusiastic about the new program. The general public, on the other hand, for the most part appreciates the warning.

While this site is usually against intrusions into people's privacy, this one's a tough one to argue against. The general public deserves to know when a convicted sexual predator is in their midst, especially if said predator represents a risk to the women and children in the neighborhood. If they're putting signs on the front lawns of people convicted of "sex offenses" like peeing in public or getting caught running down the street naked as a college prank, then that's a completely different story, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

In the famous words of Bill Engvall, "Here's your sign."