“Sex Predators Unleashed,’’ an 8-month Sun Sentinel investigation published Aug. 18, found shocking failures in a Florida law meant to protect the public from repeat sex offenders. Rapists and pedophiles freed by the state went on to molest 460 children, rape 121 women and kill 14.Read the investigation.
Reaction reached across Florida. Outraged readers wrote letters, with one calling the series “one of the most disturbing exposes I have ever read. ’’ Don Ryce, the father of the boy in whose memory the law was passed, said: “Something needs to be done. I want Jimmy's law to work the way it was supposed to work in the beginning." Read more.
The Florida Legislature immediately began working on wide-ranging reforms. The head of Florida’s Sexually Violent Predator Program (left) resigned, and the state tightened its sex predator screening procedures to emphasize public safety. Read more.